A pro-active Customs officer might have foiled a potential terrorist threat at the Piarco International Airport on Monday when he apprehended a strapped young man in camouflage gear who was speaking in an incoherent manner and crying.
Of course, it might have just been his nap time. He is only 10-months-old after all and was being wheeled through in a stroller.
“We presented our customs declaration form and the officer wrote something with a red ink and told us to go to the red line,” the child’s mother told the Trinidad Express. “I asked him why and he said it was because my son was wearing a camouflage pants and that was illegal.”
The baby’s pants had a teddy bear stitched into the rear. Authorities have not confirmed whether it is a new terrorist logo or if Trinidad and Tobago should brace for an invasion from “Little Hip Squeaks.”
The infant was stripped of his pants and made to exit the airport in pampers. Again, there is no word as to whether his treatment ran afoul of Geneva conventions or how it compared to humiliating tactics frequently used at Guantanamo Bay.
“I think this is ridiculous,” said the mother. “I cannot understand how someone would look at a baby wearing that pants and think he is a soldier.”
It is not the first time a mother has pleaded her child’s innocence despite clear evidence to the contrary. Mr Live Wire thinks it was mommy’s duty to turn her son in herself.
Major Al Alexander, public relations officer for the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force, said the offensive pants will be burnt at the stake. Maybe even hanged.
“Two laws that treat with that whole issue of camouflage is the Customs Act and the other is found in the Defence Act,” said Alexander. “Both are similar. Customs also confiscates camouflage on entry to any of our ports.”
It is never too soon to have a healthy respect for the law and to learn that, if you engage in criminal activity, the relevant officer will find and prosecute you.
Presumably, that exuberant Customs officer was on vacation when ex-FIFA vice-president Mohamed Bin Hammam landed at Piarco with over US$1 million in a suitcase and, a day later, close to two dozen Caribbean Football Union (CFU) officials left with undeclared brown envelopes containing US$40,000 each.