Problems importing specimens

Sally Shelton Shelton.Sally at NMNH.SI.EDU
Tue Oct 9 14:20:46 CDT 2001

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>>> David Furth 10/09/01 12:14 PM >>>
I have had definite confirmations from at least two persons that tried/planned to hand-carry pinned insect specimens into the USA and were forbidden to do so.  One was on British Airways and the other from Costa Rica via American Airlines.  

We would appreciate some way of finding out if there is some policy against bringing pinned insect specimens into the USA on board because the 1.5 inch very thin insect pins are considered as "dangerous weapons".  This is a serious concern for entomologists who routinely hand-carry important, valuable specimens in order to protect them from the postal systems.

Please let us know what you can find out.



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