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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
    More: Asinine, U.S. Customs, customs officer, Measuring instrument, virtuoso, Canadian citizen, disc injury, John F. Kennedy International Airport  
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2014-01-01 11:52:08 AM  
12 votes:

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

Thanks, Obamboo.
2014-01-01 11:25:26 AM  
9 votes:
The TSA grabbed my skin flute once, but they let me keep it.
2014-01-01 12:09:57 PM  
7 votes:
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2014-01-01 11:26:37 AM  
7 votes:
This is not a very poplar law.
2014-01-01 11:30:25 AM  
5 votes:
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 11:29:07 AM  
4 votes:
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 11:40:01 AM  
3 votes:

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

Not much point birching about it, though.
2014-01-01 11:30:53 AM  
3 votes:

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 12:49:13 PM  
2 votes:
JFK... that explains so much.

CSB: The day after the Northeast blackout of 2003, we were flying out of JFK. We were luckier than most, in that our flight hadn't been delayed... but there were thousands of other disgruntled travelers who had been. The lines and the crowds were just short of insane.

In the midst of all of this, we were carrying our rather dazed and confused little hamsters in clear plastic traveling carriers. When we passed through the security checkpoint, the TSA agent asked us to open the carriers (which seemed a little silly, since you could see straight through them, but whatever). He then reached in and took the time to frisk one of them. Not pet... frisk. A hamster.
2014-01-01 12:38:33 PM  
2 votes:

Snapper Carr: 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.

I read it as flatus and immediately thought of Les Claypool.

I read it as a flatulist from Canada and Terrance and Phillip came to my mind.
2014-01-01 12:27:47 PM  
2 votes:

abhorrent1: Well if he makes his own flutes, can't he just make more?

I think the Razgul lost their power to create more when the Master Flute Maker bent them to his will.
2014-01-01 12:05:08 PM  
2 votes:
They destroy harmless flutes but give a free pass to vuvuzelas? This is an outrage!
2014-01-01 11:47:55 AM  
2 votes:

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

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He put up a fight granny, but clean living prevailed!
2014-01-01 11:44:32 AM  
2 votes:

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 11:37:51 AM  
2 votes:

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 11:27:55 AM  
2 votes:
One cannot just flout the law much less make a career of it. Floutists.
2014-01-01 11:26:55 AM  
2 votes:
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2014-01-01 11:21:59 AM  
2 votes:
It's almost as if you have to consult customs laws when you travel abroad.
2014-01-02 02:47:08 AM  
1 vote:

AgentKGB: [images01.olx.com image 625x469]

Agricultural products...

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This too.
2014-01-01 03:05:15 PM  
1 vote:

Joe Peanut: AgentKGB: [images01.olx.com image 625x469]

Agricultural products...

That's an AK-47
2014-01-01 02:55:54 PM  
1 vote:
Did they use the large scales to determine it weighed the same as a duck
2014-01-01 01:48:47 PM  
1 vote:

Day_Old_Dutchie: edmo: 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.

Laws are generally dreamed up by overpaid, tiny-minded bureaucrats, who never have to actually be in the situations where their precious laws inconvenience them.

An example is those speed bumps that the municipal seat-warmers insist on installing in parking lots. There's zero evidence these are effective in reducing injuries (Just speak to paramedics how they hate driving their ambulances over these things!).

And those officials that enforce these sorts of rules generally know the rules are asinine, but they happily throw judgement to the wind when they enforce them, because, hey, it's so fulfilling just to harass people!

Unlike  Day_Old_Dutchie, whose expertise in the area of pest infestion and the legal framework surrounding agricultural importation is the stuff of legend... spoken of far and wide, by men, women, and children alike.

"Oh, that  Day_Old_Dutchie" they say, "if you want to know something about invasive species, or the necessary precautions needed to prevent them, he's your fella for sure!!! There ain't nobody in this whole country, east to west, or anywheres in between, what knows more about these issues and the laws that surround them!

He's like a walking 100% completely unabridged encyclopedia devoted solely to agricultural infestation... and a living, breathing legal library of U.S. customs policies and import laws! Whatever he says about such topics, boy, you can take it to the bank!!!"
2014-01-01 01:38:24 PM  
1 vote:
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2014-01-01 01:00:03 PM  
1 vote:

Endive Wombat: By that logic, jeans which are made of cotton would be an agricultural product too.

Sooo...sorry folks, no pants at the airport.

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Not so fast...
2014-01-01 12:30:54 PM  
1 vote:

stuffy: The human body is made with meat. It must be destroyed.

Hate to break it to you, but I've been beating my meat for years and it still keeps on ticking.
2014-01-01 12:30:33 PM  
1 vote:
Since we're only hearing the guy's side of the story, I refuse to jump up and down in outrage.

Most times I've heard of something being refused entry or declared ineligible to bring on a plane, the traveler has the option to ship it home if it means enough to them.

I really doubt they snatched the flutes out of his hand and said "they're ours now and we're going to immolate them right before your eyes as tribute to our dearest holy one, the great and benevolent Barack Hussein Obama, all peace be upon him!!!"

I'll eat my hat if he didn't have some other options that he's conveniently omitting because they'll knock all the outrage right out of his "Big Brother run amok" story.

9 times out 10 these stories go from "OUTRAGE!!!" to "Oh, well that's actually pretty reasonable." within a day or so when all the details come out. Unfortunately, 9 out of 10 people who get "OUTRAGED!!!" by these stories have an ideological axe to grind and refuse to acknowledege the new information or have short attention spans and have already moved to the next "outrage du jour."
2014-01-01 12:28:14 PM  
1 vote:
The human body is made with meat. It must be destroyed.
2014-01-01 12:26:16 PM  
1 vote:
This is what happens when you leave it to high school drop outs to interpret complicated polices like those governing international travel.  I say its high time we stop this bull shiat from cointinuing, never a month goes by without some horror story of some invaluable instrument getting destroyed on these trips due to the neglectful actions of these mouth breathers.

We must stop musicians from touring.
2014-01-01 12:21:44 PM  
1 vote:
Sounds like the guy was bamboozled out of his flutes.
2014-01-01 12:09:25 PM  
1 vote:
After the guy realized his flutes were being destroyed, did he cry out an F6 with trill and heavy vibrato?
2014-01-01 12:02:22 PM  
1 vote:
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excuse me, are those flutes made out of.... wood?
2014-01-01 12:01:52 PM  
1 vote:

WTFDYW: 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.

Quit speaking the truth here.  Most posters appear to enjoy bashing the workers as opposed to seeking the truth.
2014-01-01 12:00:29 PM  
1 vote:

Marcus Aurelius: Barbarians at the gates.

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2014-01-01 11:58:03 AM  
1 vote:
If we have all learned anything at all in 2013*, it is that any story someone tells on the Internet is completely true exactly as told and there is no further information that could be of any use no matter what, ever, so there.

*also 2012, 2011, 2010. But not 2009 - buncha dirty liars the lot of 'em.
2014-01-01 11:49:52 AM  
1 vote:
Canadians. Sheesh.

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2014-01-01 11:48:36 AM  
1 vote:

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

Not much point birching about it, though.

Beech, beech, beech.

He should have told customs to kiss his ash
2014-01-01 11:43:17 AM  
1 vote:
He's probably pining for the day when he still had his flutes.
2014-01-01 11:43:16 AM  
1 vote:

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2014-01-01 11:43:13 AM  
1 vote:

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 11:43:11 AM  
1 vote:
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 11:39:11 AM  
1 vote:
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 11:38:15 AM  
1 vote:
Well, the dude is brown afterall.  His own damn fault to be flying while brown.
2014-01-01 11:30:26 AM  
1 vote:
That blows.
2014-01-01 11:26:55 AM  
1 vote:

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 10:21:41 AM  
1 vote:
Barbarians at the gates.
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