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(The Raw Story)   You're an internationally renowned flautist from Canada who lovingly crafts your flutes by hand. U.S. Customs officials: These are made of wood, which makes them agricultural products and therefore must be destroyed   (rawstory.com) divider line 318
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2014-01-01 10:21:30 AM  
That's why they're called WOODwinds.I wonder what they would do about bagpipes.
 
2014-01-01 10:21:41 AM  
Barbarians at the gates.
 
2014-01-01 11:21:53 AM  
Assholes.
 
2014-01-01 11:21:59 AM  
It's almost as if you have to consult customs laws when you travel abroad.
 
2014-01-01 11:22:31 AM  
I was outraged until I saw the "Islamic scholar" part

Btw, why saw 10 in a million instead of 1 in 100,000?
 
2014-01-01 11:22:55 AM  
I'm sensing a theme in today's greenlights....
 
2014-01-01 11:23:07 AM  
Welcome to America, flautist--love it or leave it.  Customs agents are just a step above security guards
 
2014-01-01 11:24:24 AM  
So the same applies to guitars? Man, what a bunch of dicks.
 
2014-01-01 11:25:17 AM  
Sorry folks. It's the law of the land. Nothing can be done.
 
2014-01-01 11:25:18 AM  
There has to be more to this story. They don't routinely go around destroying everything made of wood.

Maybe this story was originally from the Onion or something.
 
2014-01-01 11:25:26 AM  
The TSA grabbed my skin flute once, but they let me keep it.
 
2014-01-01 11:26:37 AM  
This is not a very poplar law.
 
2014-01-01 11:26:41 AM  
Hurray for zero tolerance.

pueblonative: It's almost as if you have to consult customs laws when you travel abroad.


He claimed to have traveled with them many times. And really, who would think musical instruments would be grouped together with agricultural products?
 
2014-01-01 11:26:55 AM  
4.bp.blogspot.com
 
2014-01-01 11:26:55 AM  

symptomoftheuniverse: The TSA grabbed my skin flute once, but they let me keep it.


If they grab it three times they're playing with it.
 
2014-01-01 11:27:55 AM  
One cannot just flout the law much less make a career of it. Floutists.
 
2014-01-01 11:29:07 AM  
I read "flautist" and instantly pictured a guy that eats flautas for a living.
Now I'm craving flautas.
Thanks a farking heap, subby.
 
2014-01-01 11:30:25 AM  
A real Canadian would have said something like "Buddy, I am very disappointed in losing my flutes, eh."

If he were really mad, he may have frowned slightly.
 
2014-01-01 11:30:26 AM  
That blows.
 
2014-01-01 11:30:53 AM  

symptomoftheuniverse: The TSA grabbed my skin flute once, but they let me keep it.


Though I suspect they suggested you wash the darn thing now that they got the wrinkles out of it for you.
 
2014-01-01 11:31:19 AM  
Comment NSFW: This Sux So Big!!!Woulda typed this even were I not a musician myself (only sing, don't play anything but So Appreciate talents of those who do).
FangQ centrifugial bumblepuppy for Most Apt Cartoon just above.
 
2014-01-01 11:32:25 AM  

uncleacid: That blows.


You ain't just whistlin' Dixie
 
2014-01-01 11:35:07 AM  

Chevello: uncleacid: That blows.

You ain't just whistlin' Dixie



At Kennedy Airport in New York? Well, that would explain why they destroyed the flutes.
 
2014-01-01 11:35:25 AM  

oldernell: That's why they're called WOODwinds.I wonder what they would do about bagpipes.


You realize a saxophone is a woodwind instrument, right?

next thing you will saying that all black people look the same
 
2014-01-01 11:35:38 AM  

centrifugal bumblepuppy:


That pic is surprisingly accurate. At least where I lived in CO.
 
2014-01-01 11:36:15 AM  
Are we lining in a country with a "government of the people, by the people, and for the people" anymore? We find so much to be outraged about in our government, when are we going to affect some change? We certainly don't o it at the ballot box, we annually return 90-95% of our elected representatives to office. How, then, can we complain that our government farks us over? We practically beg them to do it.
 
2014-01-01 11:36:28 AM  

ChewbaccaJones: I read "flautist" and instantly pictured a guy that eats flautas for a living.
Now I'm craving flautas.
Thanks a farking heap, subby.


As long as they're the real thing and not glorified taquitos, I'm in.
 
2014-01-01 11:37:12 AM  
US CBP prides themselves on being assholes, even to USC's
 
2014-01-01 11:37:12 AM  
So much for traveling with my guitar.

Seriously, I'm with the "These guys are assholes" crowd here and you "it's the law" types should just go back to your bedrooms and let the NSA continue filming you or whatever.
 
2014-01-01 11:37:51 AM  

Mrbogey: Sorry folks. It's the law of the land. Nothing can be done.


Yep.  It's not like we have a method of changing laws with the times.and with experiences.  Heck, that could make a great profession.  We could have people who's job it is to write and update legislation.  We could call them. . .wait, I've got this one. . .legislators  And since they're writing the laws for us, we could select them by popular vote!


pyrotek85: Hurray for zero tolerance.

He claimed to have traveled with them many times. And really, who would think musical instruments would be grouped together with agricultural products?



So his ignorance of what is in the laws should be an excuse.  Wonder if that's ever been ruled on by the courts?
 
2014-01-01 11:37:56 AM  

K3rmy: oldernell: That's why they're called WOODwinds.I wonder what they would do about bagpipes.

You realize a saxophone is a woodwind instrument, right?

next thing you will saying that all black people look the same



Surely you can tell the men and women apart.
 
2014-01-01 11:38:15 AM  
Well, the dude is brown afterall.  His own damn fault to be flying while brown.
 
2014-01-01 11:38:38 AM  
Might have something to do with the Emerald Ash Borer. We're not even allowed to haul firewood from one county to another in most areas.
 
2014-01-01 11:39:11 AM  
Accept it, flautist fella. America is the greatest country in the world, and if you came here not realizing it's full of retards and bureaucrats that would require forms filled in triplicate and notarized before summoning an ambulance for their bleeding mother, that's your fault.
 
2014-01-01 11:40:01 AM  

The Pope of Manwich Village: This is not a very poplar law.


Not much point birching about it, though.
 
2014-01-01 11:41:13 AM  

pueblonative: It's almost as if you have to consult customs laws when you travel abroad.


Only 4 posts to get to the asshole apologist.
 
2014-01-01 11:41:37 AM  
FTFA "The ney flute could be made from bamboo, is that agricultural?".  Actually, yes http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/improvement/lawn-garden/4323342 .  The thing is, right then and there the reader should realize that there's more to this story than meets the eye (that, and the story is actually a press release from the alleged victim, no axe to grind there, amirite?).  First, misrepresenting bamboo as non-agricultural raises a BIG flag: dude doesn't even know about the woods he's allegedly using, which brings us to the second part: he said they COULD be made of bamboo, not that they were, sounds a LOT like a CYA.  There are a lot of woods that WILL get destroyed at the border, regardless of what it's been carved into, by Customs, most of which are because the wood in question is either an endangered species or the wood is harvested in a horribly unsustainable method, like clearcutting rainforests
 
2014-01-01 11:42:20 AM  

K3rmy: oldernell: That's why they're called WOODwinds.I wonder what they would do about bagpipes.

You realize a saxophone is a woodwind instrument, right?

next thing you will saying that all black people look the same


What's your point. So is a clarinet, silver flute, oboe etc. They are called woodwinds because originally they were made of wood. The exception is the sax but it is included because it has a reed.
 
2014-01-01 11:42:35 AM  
pueblonative:
So his ignorance of what is in the laws should be an excuse.  Wonder if that's ever been ruled on by the courts?

all right, i'll give you that one. now let's hear you defend the fact that they destroyed his priceless and harmless life's work on the spot.
 
2014-01-01 11:42:44 AM  

big pig peaches: There has to be more to this story. They don't routinely go around destroying everything made of wood.

Maybe this story was originally from the Onion or something.


It's just idiot customs agents being idiot customs agents.
 
2014-01-01 11:42:46 AM  
Screw that guy for not sticking up for himself.

Fark that - make them call a supervisor.  Create a ruckus.

If you just go "Oh Well" and give it up,,,
 
2014-01-01 11:43:11 AM  
and yet when *I'm* carrying wood during an encounter with the TSA they're all like "You tripped that alarm on purpose didn't you, pervert!  Just get on your damn plane you asshole!"
 
2014-01-01 11:43:13 AM  

g4lt: FTFA "The ney flute could be made from bamboo, is that agricultural?".  Actually, yes http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/improvement/lawn-garden/4323342 .  The thing is, right then and there the reader should realize that there's more to this story than meets the eye (that, and the story is actually a press release from the alleged victim, no axe to grind there, amirite?).  First, misrepresenting bamboo as non-agricultural raises a BIG flag: dude doesn't even know about the woods he's allegedly using, which brings us to the second part: he said they COULD be made of bamboo, not that they were, sounds a LOT like a CYA.  There are a lot of woods that WILL get destroyed at the border, regardless of what it's been carved into, by Customs, most of which are because the wood in question is either an endangered species or the wood is harvested in a horribly unsustainable method, like clearcutting rainforests


Please, Don't get in the way of the "gubm'nt is eeebil end of story" crowd with a bunch of little things like facts and evidence.
 
2014-01-01 11:43:16 AM  
Inconsolable:

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2014-01-01 11:43:17 AM  
He's probably pining for the day when he still had his flutes.
 
2014-01-01 11:43:33 AM  
Meanwhile nothing in the US CBP guidelines mentions wood at all:

http://cbp.gov/xp/cgov/travel/clearing/agri_prod_inus.xml

I suppose it could be under "other biological material" but that would is completely dead and maybe sealed. Anyone got a particular reason why CBP would destroy these?
 
2014-01-01 11:43:47 AM  

RussianPooper: pueblonative: It's almost as if you have to consult customs laws when you travel abroad.

Only 4 posts to get to the asshole apologist.


If there's one thing about natives of pueblos, they certainly know how to be submissive to the point of Ned Beatty.
 
2014-01-01 11:44:28 AM  

TemporarySanity: pueblonative:
So his ignorance of what is in the laws should be an excuse.  Wonder if that's ever been ruled on by the courts?

all right, i'll give you that one. now let's hear you defend the fact that they destroyed his priceless and harmless life's work on the spot.


FTA, sounds like the dude gave up without a fight.  His loss, but at least he has something to work on for the rest of his life.
 
2014-01-01 11:44:32 AM  

Rigger1955: The Pope of Manwich Village: This is not a very poplar law.

Not much point birching about it, though.


Beech, beech, beech.
 
2014-01-01 11:46:29 AM  

r1niceboy: RussianPooper: pueblonative: It's almost as if you have to consult customs laws when you travel abroad.

Only 4 posts to get to the asshole apologist.

If there's one thing about natives of pueblos, they certainly know how to be submissive to the point of Ned Beatty.


Here's a experiment: go to another country bringing prohibited items and try out the "I didn't know the laws" excuse while asserting your rights and screaming about the fairness of the situation.  Then come back and tell us how many turkish prison cell rapes you experienced.
 
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