Airport security staff in Guangzhou had an unusual experience earlier this month. Guards who normally screen passengers for dangerous materials and illicit goods stopped a young boy called Cong Cong from trying to smuggle his pet turtle through their checkpoint. His grandmother had asked him to throw it away when he brought it to the airport with him, but the young boy couldn’t bear to part with his pet. His solution was to cram the creature into his underwear. But Baiyun Airport’s body scanners were obviously up to scratch as they depicted something moving in the boy’s crotch area, reports Xinhua. Security personnel spoke to his grandmother, who unzipped his trousers to release the turtle. “Thank goodness we found it in time,” she screamed at the airport officials. “It might have bitten his penis.” Then the security staff showed a human touch, telling the tearful lad they’d look after the turtle until his parents came to collect it. “Okay, but you have to take good care of it,” Cong Cong insisted.
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