Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Lady Bracknell will be turning in her grave

The headline did make me do a double take :

"Couple arrested at airport after trying to smuggle baby in hand luggage "

There are strange, sometimes unbelievable stories in the news. Depending on which paper or website I am reading I usually skim over the ones that are not to my interest, but this one caught my eye. Apparently, a couple were attempting to smuggle their 5 month old baby through an airport, when the security scanner spotted the baby in their hand luggage. 

It was at this point that Lady Bracknell 's voice entered my head and I'm having trouble getting it out again. 

Clearly, it was a very dangerous thing to do and not having a visa for the child seems a bit of a lame excuse for doing it. I hope the baby has not suffered any detrimental effects of any radiation from the x ray machine - and also that this is not the catalyst for a lifetime of claustrophobia.
I understand from the report that that this happened in United Arab Emirates, but of course the line is immaterial.

The good news is that at least this child has not been 'born and bred in a handbag" which as we know  displays contempt for the ordinary decencies of family life and reminds one of the worst excesses of the French Revolution.

Let's hope that this child does not grow up to form an alliance with a parcel and marry into a cloakroom ... ...


Anonymous said...

That's unbelievable! Was the baby sedated so it didn't cry?

Lexia said...

Don't know whether it was sedated or not.
Maybe it had been told to go to sleep till they arrived - make the journey seem quicker !

lizy-expat-writer said...

How did they expect to get away with it? And I hope the baby really was theirs and not a stolen one.