That's Spanish For Cocaine, Right?
Feb. 3, 2015, Colombia is not the dangerous country ruled by drug lords and cartels you might think it is.Dear Live and Invest Overseas Reader,
"Coca... That's Spanish for cocaine, right?" The TSA agent asked me as he read the package and eyed the dozen individually wrapped bags he had removed from my carry-on.
"I don't know, maybe," I lied. Of course I knew. Everyone knows that the original Coca-Cola recipe contained cocaine, thus the "coca" part of the famous brand name.
Play dumb. That's always been my go-to for dealing with border agents during the "random" extra screenings I am subjected to when crossing American and Canadian borders. I've come to suspect that there is nothing random about these screenings. Airport screenings may be the only instance when a young, well-presented white male is subjected to racial profiling. In other words, I guess I look like a typical drug smuggler.