Lately there have been a series of curious stories in the news about people trying to smuggle rare animals and birds by storing them on their persons. Such conduct violates the Lacey Act, which prohibits the smuggling of exotic animals.
The weirdest attempt, in my view, was by a man in Miami who tried to board a plane with seven — seven! — snakes in his pants, as well as three tortoises. The guy had the snakes and tortoises in nylon bags in his slacks. It is not clear whether the creatures were drugged so that they would remain immobile during the flight. In any case, the man’s illicit pants cargo was detected by an advanced imaging technology machine as he went through security.
It’s hard to imagine what it would be like to try to smuggle seven snakes and three tortoises in your pants, but just imagine what it would be like to sit next to the guy on the plane and notice his unusual trouser activity if all of those animals suddenly started moving around.