Man Caught Trying to Smuggle His Wife in a Suitcase


From a horse disguised as a dog to cocaine shaped as a leg cast, travelers have cooked up plenty of warped ways to smuggle stuff through customs.

But a man entering Poland took carry-on bags to a new level last week when he reportedly tried to smuggle his wife inside a suitcase. The 60-something Frenchman was allegedly stopped at a train station in Terespol, Poland on Friday after officers noticed he was having trouble hauling his suspiciously oversized luggage.

"To their surprise, a woman in her 30s emerged,” Dariusz Sienicki, a border guard spokesman, told Agence France Presse. “It was the Russian wife of the owner of the suitcase."

The unnamed man was traveling from Nice from Moscow, and apparently believed that, as a non-EU citizen, his wife wouldn’t be permitted into the country. So of course, his solution was to stuff the old ball-and-chain into a carry-on case.

Turns out, it’s totally OK to enter the EU if you’re not a citizen, though -- as long as you can prove that you’re married to one. And you don't even need a passport. Or to be stuffed into a suitcase.

The couple, who could’ve faced a three-year jail sentence for their actions, were held at the station and released shortly after questioning. 

"Had she been sitting next to her husband, she would have made it through without incident," Sienicki said, proving that it's always advisable to pack extra underwear, but not extra humans.

Chloe Pantazi is an editorial assistant on Thrillist's travel team. Yes, that's a British accent. No, she doesn't watch Doctor Who. Follow her on Twitter at @ChloePantazi.