TSA agents reportedly destroyed Canadian man’s 11 homemade instruments


United States Customs and Border Patrol is under fire after a new report revealed that officials there confiscated nearly a dozen homemade instruments from a Canadian man and proceeded to destroy them.

Canadian-born flute player Boujemaa Razgui was flying from Marrakech, Morocco back home to New York when Customs officials at John F. Kennedy International Airport asked to see the instruments he had on hand. Razgui was carrying 11 instruments with him at the time, each of which was built himself and corresponded to varying sets of musical pieces.

According to the Slipped Discs blog at ArtsJournal.com, the agents then took the instruments out of the musician’s luggage and “smashed” each one.

When contacted by the blog, Razgui expressed his unhappiness with the situation.

“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?”

Another musician told the blog, “I can’t think of an uglier, stupider thing for the US government to do than to deprive this man of the tools of his art and a big piece of his livelihood.”

Although declaring musical instruments as agricultural products may seem strange, US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) have strict guidelines when it comes to bringing in items made out of raw material, including bamboo products.

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  • skipNclair

    This is what happens when you have brain dead, retarded, arrogant pieces of garbage doing a job they are not close to qualified for, as one should have to be able to think for the job. They are all the above, and arrogant, inconsiderate trash on a power trip, they should be taken out and bitch slapped, then some of their most personal belongings should be taken from them and smashed in front of their families. This was beyond insane, stupid and crazy. Why not confiscate it, store it and let someone with thinking ability make a decision?

  • wawa

    next it’ll be books… someone told me they’re made out of trees ya know…

  • jon reid

    Really if you think about it…The TSA are dumb farm animals put there to harass. They ARE agricultural products too. Devoid of any thought or feelings. McDonlds fed , Big asses, and a shiny trinket for their costume. Incapable of the slightest humanly or humanely act.

    How will they protect anyone, when anyone can take things that go boom in their rectum to the point of use? False security while they confiscate your shampoo and food. The security fee on your ticket often costs more than the flight. This is nothing more than control and robbery, by their apathetic masters.

  • It is I only

    Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama! Obama!

  • the lights grow dim

    But let’s also not forget that a well played flute solo, full of expression and feeling, can be used to incite terrorism. Sounds to me like another close shave for the US. Keep up the good work TSA.

  • They told him that if he wanted his instruments back he should learn how to play the SKIN flute and FAST.

  • Traian Basescu

    What if my uncle – who’s still using corn cobs as toilet paper and who’s coming to visit the White House – would take a couple of cobs with him, just in case?

  • When I go thru TSA I always bend over and say ”Is this the place I get a FREE prostate massage?

  • Kaaz

    Making jokes about issues such as this is fine until it ends up with people being killed, and it will. Everyday more and more of our rights are removed by this small percentage of what appears to be brainless twats, but what if they are not really that brainless but simply malicious? It was these same kind of braindead/malicious section of society that perpetrated the death of over 60 million souls in the Bolshevik revolution, and don’t for the death of 2 million at the hands of Pol Potts, or maybe you might remember the death of over 13 million by the Nazis. If you think American’s are not capable of the same kind of maliciousness then simply look at Homeland Security and the TSA. If they are not Nazis I don’t know who is, so while it may be funny to poke fun at the stupidity of the legislation that these people enforce it stops being funny when they start killing and torturing people, and they are!