Man Tries To Smuggle Lighter Through Airport Security By Hiding It In Mouth
A man tried to smuggle a lighter through security at a Chinese airport by hiding it in his mouth. I'm not even going to say 'don't try this yourselves' because I know you have more sense than that - so don't let me down now.
Lighters are banned on flights in China, but it seems as though the man - named as Mr Quan - either didn't know or didn't care, because he rocked up with a lighter in his luggage, which he then hastily removed and attempted to secrete in his mouth to pass through security.
The fact you're reading about it here should tell you that the attempt was not successful... and if you look at this photo, you might see why:
Footage recorded at Shenyang Taoxian International Airport, in the Liaoning Province, shows a female officer checking the first-time flier over for metal objects as he spreads his arms.
But the officer spotted that the fella's mouth was bulging and decided to ask what was going on there. At first, he tried to blag it and claim he had simply lost a tooth - I'm not sure how that would account for the fact that there's clearly something in his mouth, but there we are.
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Anyway, after repeated questioning, the man eventually 'fessed up, spitting out the lighter and handing it over to the waiting security officers.
He was then removed from the China Southern Airlines Flight 3656, which was bound for Nanjing, and detained for the offence.
Police officer Li Cheng said: "It was his first time flying. He thought by hiding the lighter in his mouth he could evade our security officers.
"When the officer noticed his bulging mouth, he lied and said he had lost a tooth."
In an attempt to explain the situation, Mr Quan said he was a long-term smoker and that he didn't think he'd be able to get through a two-hour-long flight without lighting up, and had tried to smuggle the lighter so he could have a cigarette in the sky.
Mr Quan was whacked with a 1,000 RMB (£110) fine but wasn't given a flight-ban as it was his first offence. His lighter was confiscated, too.
While you're probably aware that smoking is banned on flights, in China matches and lighters are also outlawed.
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