flylku From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 787 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 4 weeks 3 hours ago) and read 3245 times:
I'm always amazed that inspectors catch this kind of thing. Every time I've passed through customs and immigration, it always looks looks so routine. But clearly, behind the scenes, they're looking for telltale signs.
ltbewr From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 12880 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (2 years 4 weeks 1 hour ago) and read 2687 times:
This was a flight coming to a major airport in the USA. How did she get a visa? Where was the security at Lagos or any transfer airport? If such a serious amount of drugs can get through, what is to stop a bunch of terrorists from coming in - like they did for 9/11? Clearly we need American inspectors to screen pax and their bags at airports with weak security not just for keeping out illegal drugs, but also those with illegal animals (like certain birds), those seeking to get into the USA using false papers and of course potential terrorists.
Certain African countries have become the new routes for drugs like heroin and cocaine over the last 5 years as other routes have become more difficult. Of course what must really happen is to kill off demand for these drugs so you won't have people taking the risk for money to transport them. Until then, security procedures must be improved to keep out their 'mules'.
You're clearly overreacting. The nationality of the inspector does not matter. The competency does. Neither of which really applies here. Drug mules are easier to spot the longer they have the drugs in/with them.
My bet is the lady had a different complexion than the majority of the people going through customs/immigration at the time.
Quoting ltbewr (Reply 13): Where was the security at Lagos or any transfer airport?
They were there. My bags when departing Lagos were searched over and over. If she swallowed the drugs before the flight, I wouldn't expect them to be found that easily. People don't get x-rayed or given enemas at airports before departure.
Quoting ltbewr (Reply 13): what is to stop a bunch of terrorists from coming in - like they did for 9/11
Proper intelligence work from your government will suffice. The 9/11 terrorists were given visas by your government, they didn't "sneak in" because of any other country's security holes. They were not hiding any heroin in them so I don't see the correlation with this story.