Musician: US Customs Destroyed Handmade Flutes
He says bamboo flutes were considered agricultural products
By Newsy, a Newser Video Partner
Posted Jan 2, 2014 9:38 AM CST

(Newser) – A musician says his collection of handmade bamboo flutes was destroyed by customs agents at JFK International Airport because they were considered agricultural products. Boujemaa Razgui is a Canadian citizen living in New York who performs traditional Middle Eastern music in several different ensembles around the world. He says he was scared to confront the US officials, so he lost his beloved flutes. So far, US Customs and Border Protection hasn't responded to the story, but its website says wooden musical instruments are allowed, although it says undried or untreated bamboo is not. Of course, regulators and musicians have butted heads before.