March 27, 2023

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Female Passengers Denied Boarding: luggage contained 100 live animals including armadillos, porcupines and snakes

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Airport security operatives at Suvarnabhumi airport, Bangkok, displaying the contents of two female passengers’ luggage

The two women and their luggage were flagged when walking through the security scanning machines at Suvarnabhumi airport, Bangkok, Thailand.

Contents of their luggage were described as abominable because they flouted local laws on wildlife and pest control.

Following the lead from the scanning machine, physical examination of the two female co-travellers luggage being searched

The two women, Nithya Raja, 38, and Zakia Sulthana, 24, were arrested and detained at the airport police station.

The duo was charged for illegally travelling with over 100 live animals including armadillos, porcupines and snakes

The passengers’ destination was Chennai in India.

An armadillo among the animals in the two passengers’ luggage

According to AFP, some of the creatures found in their luggage were 50 chameleons, 35 turtles, 20 snakes, two armadillos and two white porcupines stuffed into a pair of bags belonging to the women.

Also discovered were two dead iguanas. All of the reptiles were reportedly suffering from dehydration.

A white porcupine was among many other animals found in Nithya’s and Zakia’s luggage

The two women have been charged with violations of the Wildlife Preservation and Protection Act, the Animal Epidemics Act and the Customs Act.

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