Monday, January 11, 2010

Mole: It's da Bomb!

Via Benjamin Reed, Univision would like to remind Mexican travelers that mole can sometimes be confused with explosives by certain airport scanning systems. We've sampled enough of the stuff to concur - some of this stuff should never be carried in containers larger than three ounces, and should most certainly not be concealed in one's underwear.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

OK. I give up. What IS it??


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Burro Hall said...

Delicious.

Anonymous said...

Yup, I just brought back 2 lbs of mole on a domestic flight from Los Angeles, and the TSA went nutso even though I checked my bag. They opened everything, including my toothbrush holder!
Did not know that mole could be confused with explosive material, instead wondered if it looks like hashish on the x-ray machine. It certainly doesn't smell like either explosives or hashish!

Burro Hall said...

I'm more than a little excited to have a reader who knows what airline-destroying explosives smell like.

Anonymous said...

It really happened and it's a shame for the U.S. manufacturers of the equipment. It's an embarrassment. I read this news in newspapers from Canada, Holland, U.K., but the U.S. media quietly just let it go.....

They told the Mexican guy carrying the mole. This is the deal. You confess you were in contact with explosives and you go to jail only 1 year, otherwise.... horrible.

Anonymous said...

This is the story, it wasn't really mole but honey:

http://www.etravelblackboard.com/showarticle.asp?id=100782&nav=130

Anonymous said...

http://www.reuters.com/article/idUSN057258620100106?type=marketsNews

Ramirez was really lucky, because he was undocumented and yet, the FBI was merciful with him.

Anonymous said...

Actually, airline explosive smells like glycerine face oil.
A friend was stopped in the screening process (again, a domestic flight) because she clearly had bomb-making elements in her possession, and when those were not found, they determined she had been in close contact with such kind of elements -- which later turned out to be glycerine face oil.

So I guess, take your pick -- mole negro, colorado, amarillo, or glycerine face oil.

If you drive across the border and carry coffee with you, or an espresso pot that has been used to make coffee/espresso -- the drug sniffing dogs will find those -- and the officers say that coffee smells the same as drugs. Guess on an addiction scale, they are probably correct!

Anonymous said...

and ps -- I don't think of a year in jail as merciful!