- After nearly 50 years, it’s been revealed that Australian man Reg Spiers saved money on a plane ticket from London to Australia after he posted himself in a crate.
- Reg says he and an accomplice built a 5-foot by 3-foot crate, fitted it with straps to keep him secure and arranged for it to be flown to Perth.
- In addition to bringing his passport, Reg claims he equipped the crate with tins of spaghetti, fruit juice, fruit gums, biscuits and a chocolate bar to survive the 63-hour transit time.
- Reg claims that he knew he was home when he heard Australian voices as the crate was taken to a warehouse.
- Upon arrival, Reg claims he cut a hole in the wall to escape the warehouse and hitched a ride to Adelaide!
- At the time, the media only became aware of the story because Reg failed to confirm his safe arrival in Australia, so his accomplice alerted the authorities.
- Although there has been much debate about whether Reg really did pull off this feat, his subsequent life as a drug smuggler and fugitive lends some weight to his story.
- Reg is now 73 and has co-written ‘Out of the Box, the Highs and Lows of a Champion Smuggler.
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