Maybe he just really likes the smell of the ink?
October 5, 2010 11:45 AM Subscribe
Why would a customs agent smell the pages of a book?
posted by lhall to Grab Bag (9 answers total)
My parents were recently traveling out of Bogota, Colombia. At the airport, their luggage was searched and the agents had them remove all of their books, including unwrapping one that was sealed by the bookstore in plastic. Then they smelled the pages of every book.
I'm assuming they were checking for drug smuggling (maybe to see if the books were printed on some type of leaf?), but I would like to know definitively what was the deal.