U.S. Customs destroys a musician’s 11 flutes, declaring them to be agricultural products.

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We’re here to help you: U.S. Customs destroys a musician’s 11 flutes, declaring them to be agricultural products.

A Canadian citizen, based in New York and with a green card employment permit, Bouzemaa was flying home from Marrakech, Morocco, when his baggage was opened by Customs at JFK.

‘I told them I had these instruments for many years and flew with them in and out,’ he said. ‘There were 11 instruments in all. They told me they were agricultural products and they had to be destroyed. There was nothing I could do. The ney flute can be made with bamboo. Is that agricultural?’

Ain’t you glad that the healthcare industry is now in the capable hands of this government?



  • Pzatchok

    Can’t those idiots tell they were already dried, turned into a musical instrument and used for a few years?

    You don’t use green wood for an instrument, as it dries it would change tone and timber.

    They could have at least bagged them and tagged them and told him to pick them up in 30 days like they do or at least did for a lot of goods. That would have given them time to actually check the rules and inspect the objects to make sure they are not alive.

    At one point I thought about becoming a TSA agent but after seeing the stringent requirements I figured they wouldn’t take me. I could read so I was over qualified.

  • Edward

    Nancy Pelosi once said that Obamacare would allow a person to become a musician.

    “You want to be a photographer or a writer or a musician, whatever — an artist, you want to be self-employed, if you want to start a business, you want to change jobs, you no longer are prohibited from doing that because you can’t have access to health care, especially because you do not want to put your family at risk.”

    Apparently she did not count on the TSA destroying that dream in one fell swoop of stupidity.

    The government giveth and another government agency taketh away.

    Welcome to Obama’s America, Bouzemaa.

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