The last time I flew was in 2007. I was so caught up with my daily transactions that time sure passed so quickly.
As I was talking about flying, some funny stories pop up on being stopped by custom officers.
At one time, my friend was travelling from Malaysia to NZ with a packet of bak kwa (bbq dried pork). She knew that NZ does not allow fresh products into the country because they might carry diseases. She wanted to try her luck anyway. She declared the bak kwa but the officer would not allow it through custom. It should be thrown away as she was told. "It's such a waste, I'll eat them all right now," she said as she munched and munched while the custom officer watched.
A lady was searched and found a big packet of yellow powder in her bag. She was stopped at Sydney Internationl Airport. My husband and I were guessing that the yellow powder looked a lot like turmeric. The officers were quite frantic and called the fire department, perhaps thinking it was an explosive substance. After some time, the authority announced that it was a type of food additive. I bet they were embarrassed to say it was just turmeric.
And, of course we were stopped a few time in Australia and once in the US, not because we were carrying prohibited food. They were particularly fussy about our passports i.e from an islamic country. They flipped those pages like crazy and made photocopies of all of them. Many travellers don't really know the importance of declaring what are in their bags especially medicines, food etc. You will get an instance fine of A$220 if you do not declare. Even if you're just carrying 1 apple. That would be a very expensive apple!
Do you have any "at the customs" story?
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