Here’s the story : I was leaving Colombia via the airport of Bogota after half a year of visit in the country. I just passed the immigration control and the hand luggage security control and I was just walking between the shops at the airport before taking my flight that was scheduled to take off in less than 1 hour, when a person in civil clothes approached me and presented himself as a narcotraffic police member. He asked me to follow him and asked me some questions about the places I visited in Colombia, then he filled a form with my passport details and asked me to sign it, he said it was a routine form they had to fill. I signed the paper as I thought it was a simple declaration that I didn’t carry any drugs on me and I just wanted to get free and go to the bathroom before my flight. The next thing was that this police member took me to a special room in which they made me a body organ X-ray in order to find out if I was hiding drugs (swallowed them). Of course I was not happy to get radiation to my body but what could I do? The guy told me that I had no choice and they won’t let me take my flight unless I did the check. After the X-Ray they made me pass again through the hand-luggage check because they said it was the normal procedure after passing via the X-Ray room. I was quite furious after this forced X-ray and I asked them to provide me with a copy of the paper I have signed before. They said it was impossible and then one of them told me: “If you make one more question, I will make sure you don’t take your flight and remember: you are here on Colombian territory”.
I made a second of thinking and I realized that this police had the power to easily make me miss my flight and I just proceeded to my flight.
This episode left me with a bad taste of Colombia. I can understand Colombian fight against drug traffic but I just don’t want to get radiation from an X-Ray.
So that’s it, just be aware, when you visit Colombia you can statistically being robbed, kidnapped or forcibly X-rayed by the police.Edited: 2:17 am, July 13, 2013