Thursday, September 20, 2007

Snakes on a Plane...

And here we all thought Samuel L. Jackson's movie stretched beyond the ridiculous...

"...The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has fined a man $800 for flying dead snakes and birds inside his luggage from South Korea to Atlanta.

Last month, security officers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport found 30 snakes, a dead bird and pieces of several other birds in his luggage.

All the animals were dead, but screeners took extra precautions because U.S. Fish and Wildlife officers warned that some of the snakes, packed inside jars and bottles, could still contain venom.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife officers issued two citations against the man - one for failing to declare the unusual cargo and another for violating laws intended to protect endangered species..." (source)

Here's the thing...customs officers tore apart my entire bag (ripping the zipper in the process) convinced I "had an apple" packed in there. An evil U.K. apple... As I told them it was a one-cup coffee maker and I was left with tape and a year's worth of close to cram back into the bag myself... How the heck did this guy get through screening with over 30 snakes and countless dead birds. Dead animals vs. a suspected apple.... Hmmmm.

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