Problems importing insect pins

Ken Kinman kinman at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Oct 9 23:03:58 CDT 2001

     It hard to see anyone being intimidated by a hijacker wielding a
1.5-inch insect pin.  It's so absurd, I would think the government regulator
who dreamed up that one would become the butt of some appropriate jokes
(What was he thinking?).
     But since getting rid of such regulations (once they are "on the
books") is rather difficult and slow, couldn't entomologists remove the pins
and just pack the insect specimens in plastic wrap, perhaps surrounded by
cotton balls or other soft material?   We biologists should know best how to
"adapt" to such changing conditions.
            --------Ken Kinman
P.S.   I think I heard that ball-point pens were banned on some flights.
Not that pencils and pens would personally make me nervous, but they seem
far more a threat than insect pins.  If insect pins are "dangerous" then
what next?---ban all books and paper, since a paper cut could get infected?
  I'd much rather have an entomologist with pinned insects next to me, than
someone coughing and sneezing unhealthy germs into my air supply in such a
confined space.  If he threatens me with an insect pin, I think I can handle
that without too much trouble.  I could even counter-threaten to bite off
his ear or beat him with my shoe.
          ---K.E.K.    :-)
>From: James Kruse <fnjjk1 at UAF.EDU>
>Reply-To: James Kruse <fnjjk1 at UAF.EDU>
>Subject: Re: Problems importing specimens
>Date: Tue, 9 Oct 2001 11:27:35 -0800
>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
> > 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 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

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