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"I didn't want to throw that gram of cocaine away. My grandmother lived through the war and raised me to never waste things".

"I've carried drugs through airport security so many times – cocaine, marijuana, LSD, hash, everything. Most of the time, I would walk straight through with them in my pocket, without anyone noticing. After you put your luggage through the scanners, they hardly check your person. Once, on a trip back from Portugal to Spain, I went through security with a gram of coke on me. I had been to Portugal to party with friends for Christmas, and we had a lot of coke left over. I didn't want to throw it away. My grandmother lived through the war and raised me to never waste things."

A live turtle
"I was 12 years old and visiting Barcelona with my parents. One afternoon, I went for a walk and saw someone selling tiny turtles for €5 [$5.85]. I had that much in pocket money, so I bought one.

When I got back to the hotel, my parents freaked out. I took the turtle with me to the airport in a plastic bowl. Before going through security, I went to the bathroom, emptied the tank and put it through the scanner empty. I hid the turtle inside one of my dad's cigarette packs. We went through security and boarded the plane without a problem. I guess they didn't search me because I was a 12-year-old boy with his family. Once on the plane, I went to the bathroom and refilled the tank with water. That's how the turtle went back with me to Argentina."

Ten ninja stars
"On a trip with five friends around Europe, we were in Bulgaria when we bought ten ninja stars, without any real consideration for how we were going to travel back with them. On our way back home, we didn't know where to put them. In the end, we decided to split the weapons between our five suitcases. I remember us hiding them between our underwear. At airport security, nobody said anything to us. In the end, the ninja stars arrived in Madrid safe and sound.”

Those security checks are there for very good reason, but they don't always work like they're supposed to...

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