Problems importing specimens

Vr. Richard Bejsak-Colloredo-Mansfeld ricardo at ANS.COM.AU
Wed Oct 10 07:20:08 CDT 2001


Even you can easily kill with stockings or piece of fabric someone even can
kill with empty hands
soon people has to travel naked with hands and legs amputated..

Ricardo
----- Original Message -----
From: "James Kruse" <fnjjk1 at UAF.EDU>
To: <TAXACOM at USOBI.ORG>
Sent: Wednesday, October 10, 2001 5:27 AM
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
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.
>
> As if specimen imports need to be made _more_ difficult. Was that really
the
> reason behind forbidding those imports?
>
> I thought I heard it all with the banning of plastic knives and fingernail
> 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
suppose
> those should be banned too.
>
> James J. Kruse, Ph.D.
> Curator of Entomology
> University of Alaska Museum
> 907 Yukon Drive
> Fairbanks, AK, USA 99775-6960
> tel 907.474.5579
> fax 907.474.1987
> http://www.uaf.edu/museum/ento
>




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