$1M in Gold Bars Found in Airplane Toilets
Cleaning crew in India foils smugglers' plot
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2013 2:35 PM CST
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(Newser) – Jet Airways workers in India made a million-dollar discovery in the most of unusual of places—two dozen gold bars stuffed into a plane's toilets, reports AFP. Smugglers apparently hid the bars in two boxes and jammed them in there, but the cleaning crew in Kolkata got to them first. India is a major buyer of gold, and a steep hike in taxes has led to a rise in smuggling, explains Reuters. Its story includes this quote from an investigator: "We are also asking the aircraft crew to tip us off about people who spend slightly more time in toilets."

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Econ_101
Nov 28, 2013 10:44 AM CST
I knew it ! A liquid pile of manure is full of gold ! Ask any farmer......
Stortz John
Nov 20, 2013 11:28 PM CST
Just what constitutes unusual time in a restroom? My brother-in -law has Crones Disease. Is he expected to shit his pants to avoid unnecessary, and embarrassing, questioning? I'm diabetic. If my blood glucose gets too high, I have to urinate. A lot. If I don't use a restroom when I first feel the urge I risk becoming incontinent. (I leak.) Should I just piss my pants? Our society is too quick to over-react to threats and wrong doers. I, for one, think it's ridiculous to inconvenience millions to MAYBE catch one.
Scott603
Nov 20, 2013 9:26 PM CST
There was a guy flying between to Caribbean nations who went in the bathroom, pulled the panels off the wall, squeezed his way into the baggage area, found a sack of cash, and filled the insides of his clothes with hundreds of thousands of dollars worth. When the plane landed he came out, said he was sick and asked for an ambulance. This bypassed customs & immigration. When the ambulance got out of the airport he said "I'm feeling a lot better, I'll get out here" and just walked away. By the time the armored transportation company figured out the money was gone, so was he!