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The Diplomatic Pouch: A Hands-Off Exception to Border Inspection

Fred Burton
Chief Security Officer, Stratfor
Mar 10, 2018 | 15:36 GMT
Diplomatic pouches can be the source of illicit weapons brought into a country, all under the eyes of border security.

Per the Vienna Convention, diplomatic pouches cannot be opened or examined by any nosy customs inspectors or foreign intelligence services. And that is where opportunities for misuse arise.

(Stratfor)

Diplomatic couriers travel first class and are the first to board when bearing a diplomatic pouch and the first to deplane upon arrival to keep an eye on any larger diplomatic pouches in the belly of an aircraft. They monitor when the hold is secured -- and when it is...

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