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Abou A Boy

by on May.09, 2015, under Crime, Family, Parenting

There are no secrets when you take a commercial flight. tsa_scannerNothing is left to the imagination. tsa02 You can see what everybody is packing. tsa01 Whether it's personal or checked baggage. baggagehandler The detail is there for everyone to see.
Suitcase, coloured X-ray.

Suitcase, coloured X-ray.

So don't pack anything you wouldn't want to be caught with in public. airport_scan01 When this is a typical example of what the airport security agent sees all day tsa-05 Then something like this is bound to stand out. tsa_xray_dog Pets are not allowed as carry-on and this one was spotted right away. But people continue to try to get away with it anyway. suitcase_kid01
An 8-year-old African boy named Abou was discovered stuffed in a small suitcase in what Spanish police called a “terrible state” after a failed attempt to rejoin his father.
He had been smuggled into Spanish territory in the north African enclave of Ceuta, north of Morocco, when he was discovered on Thursday at a land border crossing by the Spanish Guardia Civil police. suitcase_boy02
The Guardia Civil released photos on Friday of the gaunt child from the Ivory Coast, curled in a fetal position inside the luggage.
“When they put the suitcase through the scanner, the operator noticed something strange, which seemed to be a person inside the case,” a border officer told AFP news agency. suitcase_boy03
He was smuggled there in the suitcase with wheels by a 19-year-old Moroccan woman, a spokesman for the Guardia Civil told AFP.
The boy, whose eyes were apparently heavily pixellated from the ordeal, has been placed with lost luggage.
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Flooding the Market

by on Jan.01, 2013, under Consumer, Environment, Nature

Some people picked an unfortunate spot to park.


Others couldn't find them where they left them.


Lots of cars were submerged by floodwaters.


Many of the cars are obviously beyond repair and will be scrapped.


But others will just be cleaned up.



Some of these cars were under 3 feet or more of water. The wiring may be corroded by saltwater. But the insurance companies that own the cars hope to sell most of them to new owners who could fix them up and put them back on the road. Most of the cars are fairly new


At present, about 15,000 storm-ravaged vehicles are parked bumper-to-bumper on runways and taxiways at the Calverton Executive Airport on Long Island, which years ago was the site of a Grumman aircraft manufacturing plant where the military assembled F-14 and tested lunar roving vehicles.

Insurance Auto Auctions Corp. has agreed to pay the town of Riverhead, which owns the airport, $3,200 per month for every acre taken up by the cars. The city expects to collect about $ 2.7 million.


The auto dealers group, and the Illinois firm that plans to auction thousands of cars from Sandy, said car buyers can trace a vehicle's history through online databases from the insurance and auto industries that disclose whether they were salvaged from storms. sandy-c6 In a recent bulletin, the National Automobile Dealers Association, a trade group, said damaged cars "offer a tempting opportunity for criminals to defraud unsuspecting consumers." But a spokesman said the group would not support moves to destroy the cars. sandy-cal2
Meanwhile,the state Department of Environmental Conservation has filed notices of violation against the property owners and the Texas firm responsible for the vehicles claiming that the thousands of storm-damaged cars stored in Calverton pose a direct threat to two endangered species.
DEC officials say part of that storage area is within 1,000 feet of a known breeding pond for the endangered tiger salamander and within the grassland foraging habitat of the threatened northern harrier bird of prey.
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No Visa? Carry On.

by on Jul.15, 2012, under Crime, Family, Kids, Parenting

An Egyptian couple arrived at Sharjah International Airport in the UAE on a Friday evening with their five-month-old baby. They were refused entrance because they didn't have a visa for the baby. So they didn't have to immediately return to Egypt, airport authorities allowed them to stay until the visa office opened on Sunday. On Sunday, after a new security shift had started, the couple thought to avoid the red tape and simply carry their infant along with them. They stuffed their baby into a bag and sent it through the x-ray machine. Security staff noticed a suspicious image. It was determined that the child was not dangerous, but his parents were arrested and charged with endangering the baby's life, because of exposure to radiation. A Sharjah police official commented, "This machine is very dangerous for anyone, let alone a baby in a bag to pass through. A case will now be raised against the mother and father, they both have visas to come to the UAE, but they have put the life of their child at risk."

Exposure to radiation leads to serious side effects in children, including an eerie glow.

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The Flying Game

by on Jul.12, 2011, under Culture, Family, Kids, War and Terrorism

After a number of high profile incidents where TSA agents have been accused of performing needlessly intrusive body searches of children, the agency announced that unnecessary pat-downs of children would be avoided in the future.

TSA agent checks 3 year old boy's penis for weapons

The announcement came after public outrage after a 6-year-old girl in New Orleans was subjected to a heavy-handed body search last month. Contrary to early reports, this young boy wasn't stripped searched by the TSA. His father removed his shirt to expedite the process when the boy, singled out for a body search, was intimidated by all the officers watching him being groped. The same day that the TSA announced the end of unnecessary invasive body searches of children, a 6 year old boy, on his way to Disneyland with his family, was intrusively searched TWICE. The Long family, from Kirkland, Washington, departed from the Sea Tac airport. "They just treated him like he's a terrorist- he's a six year old boy," his distressed father Alex Long told King5 News. The young boy and his brother were on a surprise trip to Disneyland when the TSA subjected him to two invasive pat-downs after he set off detector. The officals also carefully examined his video-game even though it had been on the belt, and not his body which had beeped. "Immediately after this happened I hugged my son and he started crying and saying 'I don't want to go to Disneyland," his mother Jenine Michaelis said. "We all talk to our kids about improper touching - somebody shouldn't touch you unless you want to be touched," Ms Michaelis said. "We didn't have any time to talk to him about what they were really doing." The TSA has threatened to respond.
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