Man caught with 15kg of caterpillars on plane 'addicted to eating them'

Ruth Doherty
Plane passenger caught with15 kilograms of caterpillars 'addicted to eating them'
Plane passenger caught with15 kilograms of caterpillars 'addicted to eating them'

Caterpillars are considered a delicacy in Africa: Rex


Most passengers will buy a bag of crisps or a packet of chocolate for a mid-flight snack - but one man was caught trying to board a plane with 15 kilograms of caterpillars to keep hunger at bay.

Adrian Onobanjo, 47, allegedly packed dried caterpillars in his bag to take from Togo to Europe.

When customs officers at Switzerland's EuroAirport tried to take his caterpillars away, he stuffed as many as he could into his mouth - while some of them were still wriggling.

According to Adelaide Now, border guard spokesman Patrick Gantenbein said: "The man obviously knew he shouldn't have been trying to bring them into the country as they were hidden under a false bottom in his suitcase and only discovered with an x-ray.

"He tried to tell us that it was a special type of root, but some of them were still moving."

Mr Gantenbein added that Mr Onobanjo said they were a snack, and that he was "addicted to them".

In some areas of Africa, caterpillars are actually considered to be a delicacy... But we think we'll stick to chocolate, thanks.

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