A few minutes ago, we reached the flute virtuoso Boujemaa Razgui by phone to discuss the assault on his instruments by US Customs at JFK airport.Would they also smash a Stradivarius into splinters? So if you go through Customs at JFK with a set of wooden crutches, the goons will take them away from you and force you to crawl out the door because crutches are made from "agricultural products"?
A Canadian citizen, based in New York and with a green card employment permit, Bouzemaa was flying home from Marrakech, Morocco, when his baggage was opened by Customs at JFK.
‘I told them I had these instruments for many years and flew with them in and out,’ he said. ‘There were 11 instruments in all. They told me they were agricultural products and they had to be destroyed. There was nothing I could do. The ney flute can be made with bamboo. Is that agricultural?’
Customs at JFK is making the old Soviet customs goons look like humanitarians.