Problems importing specimens

Ron at Ron at
Tue Oct 9 16:17:08 CDT 2001

----- Original Message -----
From: "James Kruse" <fnjjk1 at UAF.EDU>
Sent: Tuesday, October 09, 2001 3:27 PM
Subject: Re: Problems importing specimens

> on 10/9/01 10:20 AM, Sally Shelton at Shelton.Sally at NMNH.SI.EDU wrote:
> >>>> David Furth 10/09/01 12:14 PM >>>
> > I have had definite confirmations from at least two persons that
> > 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
> > Airlines.
> >
> > We would appreciate some way of finding out if there is some policy
> > bringing pinned insect specimens into the USA on board because the 1.5
> > very thin insect pins are considered as "dangerous weapons".  This is a
> > serious concern for entomologists who routinely hand-carry important,
> > specimens in order to protect them from the postal systems.
> As if specimen imports need to be made _more_ difficult. Was that really
> reason behind forbidding those imports?
> I thought I heard it all with the banning of plastic knives and
> clippers. This 'zero tolerance' idiocy _can_ be taken to higher highs...
> Of course you could much more easily kill with a pencil or a pen. I
> those should be banned too.
> James J. Kruse, Ph.D.

The most dangerous weapons are human hands trained in martial arts.  Will
we now see a new meaning to "hands off  policy"?  There are no guarantees
in life - except death and taxes.   I know, we want serious answers here to
the original question.  I just couldn't resist.

Ron Gatrelle

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