This is not to take any heat off of customs. Nor do I blame the musician at all for this…
What was in the case? they called Bamboo case
11 nays (flutes) made by me some of them in Canada some in US
material to make new nays in the case
flight AA 0095 Madrid to JFK
time : 12/22/2013 (notice : on 12/23/2013)
Reason : nays from plants which is agricultural items (so l can’t play nay)
I believe what really confused the agent, was 2) - the materials to make nays while overseas. I don’t think the real bigotry here is against agriculture products so much, as the suspicious manufacture of things outside the expected venue.
I suspect that if 2) had been packed separately, he might have lost them still, but the actual instruments may well have made it through. And if it were just the raw materials that had been destroyed, I wouldn’t feel nearly so outraged.