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Are airports the new subway? There were so many crazy stories from China’s subway systems that we dedicated an end of year roundup post to them, now it seems like 2013 will be the year of airport weirdness.
There were the passengers who stormed the runway in Pudong to protest flight delays, the man flying from Shenzhen to Xi’an who tried to open his window mid-flight, the mainland mother allowing her son to poop in public in Taipei airport, and who could forget CPPCC delegate Yan Linkun’s incredible, chair throwing meltdown at Kunming airport? Now this:
A foreign woman was stopped at Guangzhou Airport’s security on March 16 for having a bottle of liquid in her luggage. As everybody knows (or should know), you can’t pass through security with any liquid. So she was asked to drink the liquid, and did. However, she appeared not to swallow. When the security staff asked her to spit out the liquid, it emerged that she was trying to sneak some tadpoles onto the plane, Southern Metropolis Daily reports.
After being caught trying to smuggle tadpoles, the woman explained that they were a gift from a Chinese friend and she didn’t want to lose them. She was eventually forced to throw them away however, due to the airline’s strict no-flying-with-baby-frogs-in-your-mouth policy.