At the height of the Hayden Scandal a friend decided to go to Egypt and tour the land of the pyramids.He went out of Saudi without a glitch and played tourist till he dropped. What could be the end of a happy holiday turned into a nightmare when he was detained at Saudi Immigration for.. dyaraaaannnn.. Pornography!.
While he was checking out his baggage, they found out that he had a laptop with him.
A Saudi officer asked him if that laptop contained any illegal stuff. They told him that if he say's no they will search the laptop and if they find anything funny with it they will send him to jail and be deported after due process.(kung meron mang ganon hehe)
My friend went pale. How could he admit that he had this animated film on his laptop where Snow White was doing nasty stuff to the dwarfs??..Ohh nooo!!...
Since he had no choice for they will surely find it soon enough if he lied.. He confessed he thought he might just have some of those kind inside..
His bargaining argument was that those are not real people..it's just cartoons!! But hey, this is Saudi Arabia they wont even let their women show you their hair.. hello.
My friend panicked.More officers came and they don't even speak passable English to get through to them.
He was lost and he was thinking they lied about some stupid rules they have and they will deport him anyway no matter what.(with 100 whiplash as a freebie to boot!!)
With some help from an Arab friend he was released from detention minus his passport and 500 Saudi Riyal as penalty.
He also had to seek help from the Hospital Administration where we work and luckily for him..his case was dismissed.
His passport was returned with a vow never again to have porn on his laptop.(Or be dumb enough not to erase them before leaving somewhere)
Now all is well.. they lived happily ever after.....
Or so I thought.
Just a couple of weeks ago a Filipina was caught in the same situation..(Shame! Shame!)
She was coming back to work from the Philippines when immigration picked her up for possessing a juicy DVD collection fresh from Avenida Avenue. (like she didn't know it's not allowed to bring stuff like that in here! tsk tsk).