[Homeroast] bring back green beans

g paris pchforever at gmail.com
Sat Sep 18 17:01:22 CDT 2010


TSA sucks big time!!

do not show them anything you do not want taken away! priod.

they are SS, dump and that is all I have to say.

drop your stuff into your checked luggage and have a merry trip.

g

On Sat, Sep 18, 2010 at 7:34 AM, Starfinder Stanley <coffee at starf.org>wrote:

> My brother in law is an Australian Quarantine Officer (that's what they
> call
> their ag inspectors, the equivalent of APHIS here).  Their purpose, and the
> purpose of APHIS in the US, is to safeguard their regions against exotic
> pests of any and all kinds ---bugs, plants, animals, fungi, bacterial,
> viral, etc.  As long as you don't try to sneak stuff past them, they will
> treat you with respect, and will simply tell you what items you can and
> can't bring in.  If you have the misfortune to clear customs in a
> lower-volume region used for training (like Cairns), you will be subjected
> to a much more thorough inspection.  It is always best to clear customs in
> Sydney, which has such a high volume of passengers that they aren't going
> to
> spend more time messing with you than is strictly necessary to get the job
> done.  Often, Ag is much quicker than customs.  I learned about the green
> coffee import license when I brought 25 pounds of green down for my father,
> and wasn't allowed to bring it in ---but they were very nice about it, and
> held the coffee for me while I decided whether I wanted to pay to get the
> license.  When I didn't, they were willing to let me take the coffee back
> with me to the states, as long as I was on a direct flight out of the
> country.
>
> TSA, on the other hand, I must agree, is an utter sham, a window dressing
> of
> security that seems designed mostly to inconvenience the traveling public
> enough to give them the false sense that they must be safe.  All I can say
> is that it is a good thing that most terrorist-minded people are none too
> bright, because I can think of a good dozen ways to sneak lethal weaponry
> past the checkpoints.  The liquids ban is truly silly.  Last year they
> protected the world from the imminent threat of my quart of fine sheep's
> milk yogurt.  And I dread the day they try to make me stand in a
> backscatter
> radiation machine (those hold your hands out and stand still for 7 seconds
> cubicles).... my "hell no" is going to make that trip a real headache.
>
>
>
>
>
> On Sat, Sep 18, 2010 at 5:55 AM, Hank Perkins <hankperkins at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
> >  I have been flying for 30 years and don't consider myself to be a
> > road warrior but a frequent traveler.  Today I drive on any trip where
> > the distance is less than 12 hours and time allows.  So far this year
> > I have 12 trips via air travel and approximately 50 nights in hotel
> > rooms.  I am a fat middle aged white guy with no facial hair.
> >
> > My dealings with Customs agents, agriculture inspectors, and
> > immigration officials have all been positive professional experiences.
> >
> > TSA is another matter.  at least once every 10 flights I get pulled
> > out of line and given the business.  In the last 10 years I have seen
> > an Arab pulled out of line for a luggage search once, 3 months ago.  I
> > have been treated badly by TSA many times and can tell stories that
> > are quite embarrassing.  I have tried being friendly & courteous and
> > only speaking when spoken to.  The latter has served me better.  This
> > year I have forgotten to pull my liquids out of the bag twice, they
> > didn't catch it either time.  There are TSA agents who are
> > professional but I can tell horror stories about other TSA agents who
> > think they are in the SS.  The problem I see here is they answer to no
> > one.
> >
> > I would be less concerned about Customs agents than TSA Agents.
> > Quantas will help you with the forms, be sure to fill them out
> > truthfully and completely.  Plan plenty of time when you get back to
> > LAX.  My last trip from Australia, 18 months ago we had 4.5 hours
> > between flights at LAX.  We never sat down and almost missed our
> > connecting flight.  The wife and I were dealing with TSA for
> > approximately 90 minutes of the 4.5 hours (it was bad).  My advice,
> > PACK THEM IN YOUR CHECKED LUGGAGE!!  I would not expect TSA to see
> > green beans very often and things that they don't see often are what
> > causes them issues.
> >
> > You will love Australia.  The people are great, food is unequaled, and
> > the coffee is fantastic.  It is one of my favorite countries to visit.
> >  Be sure to drink espresso drinks down under.  The coffee there has
> > strong European roots.  We were there for 14 days and I did not have a
> > bad meal.
> >
> >
> > On Sat, Sep 18, 2010 at 6:37 AM, John A C Despres <johndespres at gmail.com
> >
> > wrote:
> > > Coming back from Mexico recently where I had visited a plantation, I
> came
> > > back through the agriculture line as I had been on a farm. I had my
> > "import"
> > > form all made out with the green coffee as one item on the list.
> > >
> > > First off, it was a very short line - only me, I breezed past everyone
> > else.
> > > The gaurd looked over my list, but was more interested in what kind of
> > farm
> > > I visited.
> > >
> > > "A coffee plantation"
> > > "Okay. Did you see any animals there"
> > > "Yes, horses, maybe three"
> > > "Any cows, goats or pigs?"
> > > "Nope. A couple chickens, though."
> > > "Ah, that's fine. Thank you, sir and welcome back. Have a nice day."
> > > "Thank you. You too."
> > >
> > > That was easy. What coffee?
> > >
> > > John
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