I was asked by a man to carry a bag for him on a flight to Bogota, Colombia. Ha, ha, ha. Gracias amigo, but no thank you. No way. Yes, this really happened…at London Heathrow.
Sir, Can You Take This Bag With You Onboard On Our Flight To Bogota? For My Mother…
As I conclude my extended Middle East trip report today, I was looking through my notes and realized I had forgotten to share about a pretty humorous…and potentially dangerous incident that occurred in London ahead of my Avianca flight to Bogota.
I had been in the city during my layover and when I returned to Heathrow T2, I lined up to board early, as I always do when “reviewing” a flight so that I can better position myself to board first and grab pictures of the cabin I am traveling in.
There was an announcement made at the gate about the carry-on limits and I was traveling with only one bag instead of my usual two. Suddenly, a Colombian man of about 45 approached me. He was holding a large silver backpack (as well as his own two pieces of carry-on). He asked me if I was going to Bogota.
I looked at him and just stared…
No buddy, I’m just standing in line to board the Bogota flight because I’m traveling to Birmingham.
A moment later I did say yes.
He then said, “Can you help me out? My mother has an extra bag and we don’t want to get in trouble.”
(while speaking, he pointed toward an older woman standing against the window)
Get into trouble? Are you seriously asking me to carry a bag for you to COLOMBIA?!
Can you imagine me in a Colombia prison? *shudder*
I shook my head and said no.
Perhaps realizing the foolishness of his request, he nodded and turned around to go back to his “mother.” He did not ask anyone else.
Should we even speculate what was inside the bag?
Oh, that’s just sugar. It’s better in London…Harrods always has the best.
I tend to think he was just trying to save a bag fee and probably harmless. I would think the drugs would be coming out of Bogota, not going in. But that is not a risk I’m ever going to take…
Have you ever been asked to be a mule…particularly on a flight to Colombia?