Crazy! http://music.cbc.ca/blogs/blogpost.aspx?modPageName=&year=2013&month=12&title=Canadian-musician-watches-in-horror-as-airport-customs-smash-his-11-flutes&permalink=/blogs/2013/12/Canadian-musician-watches-in-horror-as-airport-customs-smash-his-11-flutes === Multi-instrumentalist Boujemaa Razgui, a Canadian citizen, watched in horror as 11 of his handmade bamboo flutes were smashed by customs at New Yorks JFK airport. Speaking with Slipped Disc, Razgui explained, they told me they were agricultural products and they had to be destroyed. There was nothing I could do. His baggage had been opened after a flight from Morocco. Razgui is a flutist and percussionist specialising in Arabic music. He has recorded with Cirque du Soleil and the early music ensemble Boston Camerata. After this incident, he is left without the tools he needs to make a living. For travelling musicians, flying with an instrument is an unavoidable risk. Horror stories of damaged instruments and instruments not allowed in airline cabins are regular occurrences. In Razguis case, its not the airlines to blame, but customs. === I don't understand why they though bamboo flutes were a threat to agriculture, and even if they mistakenly thought so, why they did not simply refuse him entry to the USA and just send him and his flutes on his way out of the country?