This week: Chile’s airport heist, another smuggling story & more

Isn’t it interesting how one little news post from a previous week can have another similar story showing up the very next week? We’re talking about the smuggling stories of course. But here are the rest of this week’s topics:

Airport heists are cool when they incur in movies. This week, however, Chile saw a real one in grand proportions: The Telegraph reported that eight masked gunmen made off with more than $7 million this Tuesday from an armoured truck at Santiago International airport (SCL) in the Chilean capital. It’s the largest robbery in the country’s history. Luckily there weren’t any reports of insured people in the article.

Remember, last week we wrote about a 78 year old woman smuggling cash in her underwear? Well, this week another woman went a step further: NY Daily News reported that Spanish police have arrested a 43-year-old Venezuelan woman who landed in Madrid’s international airport (MAD) trying to smuggle 3.7 pounds of cocaine via her breast implants. Narcotics agents started to suspect something was up while they were performing routine screenings of passengers who had arrived from Bogota, Colombia, and the woman began acting strange. Her luggage searches didn’t reveal anything suspicious, but when female agents frisked her they noticed irregularities and deformities in both of the woman’s breasts. According to the article the woman eventually copped to carrying implants stuffed with cocaine, according to a police statement. She was sent to a hospital and detained for an alleged crime against public health, the statement added.

Then how’s this for an interesting story: the Daily Mail reported that a Canadian airport is reviewing its security systems after a woman managed to scale a barbed wire fence and run onto the tarmac in an attempt to stop a plane from taking off. But the really astonishing bit of the story is that the 37-year-old woman was trying to block an aircraft at Halifax Stanfield International Airport in Nova Scotia (YHZ) because she believed her husband was one of its passengers. An airport employee who asked not to be identified told the newspaper that the woman first asked staff at an airline counter to halt the plane because she believed her husband was leaving to see another woman. Needless to say that the woman’s husband wasn’t even on that plane. Whether he was planning on seeing another woman at all is not known.

And – to finish the week off – here’s an informative article from Business Insider that speaks about a special place in America for all the lost luggage. U.S.-based airlines try to reunite missing bags with their owners for 90 days. But if they can’t, the luggage and all its contents are sent to the sprawling Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama. According to the article the location operates like a massive department store-slash-tourist destination, where a million visitors each year drop by to browse and purchase other people’s orphaned stuff.

That’s all for this week – safe travels.

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