Arnold Schwarzenegger Detained at Airport Over Unregistered Watch

Arnold Schwarzenegger Detained at Airport Over Unregistered Watch

Arnold Schwarzenegger‘s journey to a charity auction encountered an unexpected hurdle. The renowned actor and former California governor faced a several-hour detention at Munich Airport on Wednesday. Customs officers stopped him for traveling with an unregistered luxury watch, as reported by The Washington Post and CNN.

Bild, a German newspaper, even shared a photo capturing Schwarzenegger, who was reportedly en route from Los Angeles, in the company of two customs officers. His representative, Daniel Ketchell, clarified to The Washington Post, “None of the people I know and sat next to on our commercial flight filled out a declaration form, including Arnold — he got to customs, and they told him he was ‘randomly’ selected to be searched.” Ketchell emphasized that Schwarzenegger cooperated fully during the search and answered every question posed by the customs officer, debunking claims that he failed to declare anything.

A source, not authorized to speak publicly but familiar with the situation, informed USA TODAY that Schwarzenegger endured a three-hour detention for carrying a watch, possibly intended for auction at a charity event in Kitzbühel, Austria, on Thursday. Despite facing what the source deemed an “incompetent shakedown” and a series of errors resembling a comedy, Schwarzenegger complied at every step. The source mentioned an amusing episode where officers took Schwarzenegger to a bank to withdraw cash for potential taxes, only to discover the bank closed and the ATM limit insufficient. Eventually, a new officer with a functional credit card machine resolved the issue. The source asserted that the watch is still likely to be auctioned off, and the Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative will duly report it, adhering to the practice of all Arnold’s non-profit organizations.

Thomas Meister, a spokesperson for the customs office, informed CNN that criminal tax proceedings have been initiated since Schwarzenegger’s imported watch required registration. Despite this ordeal, the “Terminator” star remains committed to hosting a dinner and auction for environmental protection on Thursday in Kitzbühel, as outlined on the Schwarzenegger Climate Initiative website. The proceeds will contribute to supporting the initiative’s efforts in organizing the Austrian World Summit climate conference annually.

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