4. Do you recognize some of the things that passengers do in the list below?
5. How do you feel about the passengers who:
- Act innocently after jumping in the queue as people are waiting to check their bags in.
- Bring massive carry-on bags that block up the overhead locker.
- Ask you (ever so kindly) to move to another seat so that they can sit next to their friend/husband/child/wife, etc, etc.
- Stand in front of the movie screen while you’re trying to watch the film.
- Speak very loudly behind you during the flight.
- Grab the back of your seat as they get up or down, disturbing you while you are enjoying nap, reading a book, or drinking a cup of hot coffee.
- Lean really far back in the seat in front of you, leaving you with even less space than you had before.
- Play their walkman/dismay/MP3 player so loud that you can feel the drum and bass rhythm without hearing the words to the song.
- Try to open the toilet doors, and fail to understand that “OCCUPIED” means that you are sitting in the toilet.
- Talk to you while you’re working reading a great novel, or using a personal electric device.
- Try to read your newspaper, or watch the film on your computer.
- Fall asleep and dribble on your arm.
- Pretend that they are experts on air travel and explain in boring detail everything that is happening.
- Stand up before the seat belt sign goes off in an attempt to get off the plane quicker.
Task 2.Read these stories to answer these questions:
1. What makes people use sophisticated methods for smuggling?
2. What other methods of smuggling do you remember?
3. What does a ‘swallower’ refer to?
Smuggling Tropical Fish
The Reuters news agency reported that in June 2005 an Australian woman was arrested for attempting to import banned tropical marine life. Customs officials became suspicious when they heard “flipping” noises coming from underneath her skirt as she arrived at Melbourne airport.
On further examination, they discovered that the woman had strapped on an apron of plastic water-filled bags containing 51 live tropical fish.
A statement from the Australian Customs Service said that “During the search, Customs officers became suspicious after hearing ‘flipping’ noises coming from the vicinity of her waist”.
In Stockholm, Sweden, customs officers arrested a woman who had tried to smuggle 75 live snakes in her bra. The officers became suspicious when they noticed how the woman kept scratching her chest.
Customs officials in Miami became suspicious whilst inspecting a shipment of plantains. Some of the green bananas seemed unusually hard. Upon cutting them open, the officers discovered over 750 pounds of cocaine stuffed inside.
The smugglers had molded the plantains out of glass fiber, filled them with cocaine and painted them to look like the real fruit. The culprits painstakingly scattered the fakes throughout 1,080 boxes of genuine plantains shipped from Ecuador to the Port of Miami.
(Funny Customs News)
Task 3. Retell these unusual stories as if you were a customs officer and witnessed these situations.