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Swiss Officials Discover Eritrean Man Hidden In Luggage

Impacting Travel | Gabe Zaldivar | July 06, 2016

Swiss Officials Discover Eritrean Man Hidden In Luggage

 Photo via Daily Mail Video 

Migrants seeking a better life will do astounding things to attempt to cross a border. One video recently surfaced that shows a man from Eritrea who stuffed his six-foot frame into what looks to be carry-on luggage.

The Associated Press reported that an unidentified man was pulled from a piece of luggage and he was hoping to make it by train from Italy into Switzerland undetected.

The cramped confines of the suitcase led to audible sounds of discomfort, which then brought security over to investigate further.

That’s when a seemingly innocuous piece of luggage sprang to life as the man wiggled his way free of the bag.

Swiss border guard Mirco Ricci told the AP: “We've had people try to sneak in in a car trunk. This is the first time we've seen in Ticino that we've found someone in a bag.”

According to the report, the man was later released from Chiasso where the train station was located and was sent back to Italy once an offer of asylum was declined.

The Daily Mail posts the following video of the encounter with the man slowly emerging from an unlikely place:

According to its report, the man had very little chance of making it deep into Switzerland successfully.

The Sun offered more detail on the remarkable turn of events, highlighting a plan that officials were already on to before the train reached Chiasso.

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The publication cited a Swiss police source who stated: “We received a call from Italian colleagues that two Eritreans were attempting to get into the country and travel northwards across Europe to Britain. The information was that one man was hidden in a suitcase and another man was travelling with him. The suitcase was pointed out to us and the man found inside. He was in his 20s and we found his friend hiding in a toilet on the train.”

The AP noted that the Swiss have been inundated with migrants fleeing places like Eritrea, Somalia and Nigeria.

But this remains truly a rare experience for officials monitoring the borders.


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