A Hong Kong citizen was arrested at China’s border after officials found 94 iPhones strapped to his body.
A man has been arrested at the Chinese border for attempting to enter China with 94 iPhones strapped to his body, according to a Sina news report. A citizen of Hong Kong, the man had strapped rings of iPhones around his thighs, torso, calves, and crotch, using a combination of plastic bags and masking tape. Pictures show both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus. The phones have been seized and are currently being held by customs officials.
The latest batch of iPhones have been available in China for months, but smuggling is still common for stolen phones, which are often easier to fence in Asia. According to the report, so-called “mobile armor” is a fairly common tactic for phone smugglers. Police noticed this particular smuggler due to “weird walking posture, joint stiffness, and muscle tension,” an obvious result of covering your entire body in touch screens.
Smuggling iPhones is a common but prohibited practice in mainland China, where electronics tend to be more expensive than those sold in neighboring regions like Hong Kong. Even after the products are made available in China, many people, some of them hired, smuggle in foreign-bought electronics to evade import taxes before reselling them for a profit.