So I am on my annual old year into the new year’s trip and enjoying some fun in the sun. As I’ve said in the past and I will repeat it again, you MUST research your destinations to know what you can and cannot do, what is and isn’t permitted upon entry. It is a rare occasion that one’s luggage is physically opened and inspected upon entry; however, during this trip, that actually happened to a gentleman from my flight. No big deal if you are not trying to sneak some contraband into the country, right? Ummm sorta. That is unless you consider clothing contraband.
What was this man’s sin? He has a pair of camouflage shorts in his luggage. Big no-no in many destinations that I’ve been to in the past. Why? Well, a lot of place are really protective of their military forces and do not want people perpetrating as if they are part of the military. “But, I’m just a visitor, I love those long cargo camo shorts. “Hey, I just purchased those!” Tough “ti@@y”. You have to do your homework and know what is and isn’t allowed.
So, what was the penalty for this gentleman’s sins? He simply lost a pair of shorts and was let off with a warning. Now, was he upset? Heck yes, but, it could have been worse. He could have been denied entry from the country and wasted a lot of money traveling back to his previous destination.
So, the moral of the story is — Research, research, research!!