Chinese man tries to smuggle turtle past airport security in KFC burger

Credit: Flickr user Tarotastic
Credit: Flickr user Tarotastic

With airport security constantly finding new ways to ensure passenger safety, it would be silly to imagine someone trying to smuggle their pet turtle onto a plane hidden in a Kentucky Fried Chicken hamburger.

But the good news is, you don’t need to imagine that ridiculous scenario because, yes — this actually happened.

First reported by chinese paper, Guangzhou Daily and later reported by, a Chinese man with the surname of Li, actually tried to smuggle his “turtle burger” on board flight 345 to Beijing at China Southern Airlines on July 29.

Stopped during x-ray screening, security reported seeing “odd protrusions” from the burger that looked a lot like turtle limbs.

Imagine how surprised they were to find out they were right!

“There’s no turtle in there, just a hamburger,” Li allegedly told the authorities. “There’s nothing special to see inside.”

But there was something special inside — quite special, indeed.

After airport security had uncovered the pet turtle, Li explained that he just wanted to travel with his “beloved” turtle, but ultimately decided to leave it with a friend while he traveled.

On a separate note, when did KFC start serving hamburgers?


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