Why you shouldn’t have a bag with side pockets

Just saw this reported on the Sydney Morning Herald

Airport bungle gives passenger $10,000 in drugs


An unsuspecting passenger who flew to Tokyo is carrying one million yen’s worth of cannabis compliments of customs authorities after a bungled exercise involving sniffer dogs.

An officer at Narita International Airport yesterday stuffed 142 grams of the drug into the side pocket of a randomly-selected black suitcase coming off an overseas flight so that the animal could detect it.

Imagine if they were flying somewhere which had the death penalty.

[Added 1/7/08:

Apparently it wasn’t an isolated incident, and they’ve now had a talking to:



3 Responses to “Why you shouldn’t have a bag with side pockets”

  1. 1 Matt 28 May 2008 at 1:47 pm

    Just fly back to Japan… obviously their dogs can’t detect it! :-P

  2. 2 etbe 28 May 2008 at 3:31 pm

    Of course this post could have been titled “why you SHOULD have a bag with side pockets”. ;)

    It’s best to just avoid countries that have strong penalties for drugs. Bad drug laws tend to be combined with bad laws about other things and the result is that the country is not such a desirable destination for any legitimate purpose.

  1. 1 Brendan Scott: Why you shouldn’t have a bag with side pockets | MundoSitio.com, de todo un poco Trackback on 3 June 2008 at 3:40 am

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