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Brussels airport: No Foie Gras, No Marzipan!

Brussels airport: No Foie Gras, No Marzipan!

Dec 22nd, 2006, 07:08 AM
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Brussels airport is the tightest security I've been through in recent trips, maybe especially if you are flying an American airline. Don't even think about trying to bend the rules.
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Dec 22nd, 2006, 08:41 AM
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Ira is correct except there have been instances in which the condoms have ruptured with rather disastrous consequences.

Yes, Faina, like those drug smugglers you are still a very BIG danger-to-all-polite-society criminal, especially if that bag ruptures and you do your breaking wind from cheese thing on the plane, and that plane has to be diverted because of the stink LOL.

Why do people bring back Nutella when they sell it at the Safeway here?
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Dec 22nd, 2006, 09:13 AM
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Nutella sells a 4 kilo container of the stuff during the holiday season. For you checked luggage only.
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Dec 22nd, 2006, 09:17 AM
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8.8 pounds is a lot of Nutella!
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Dec 22nd, 2006, 12:33 PM
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By the way, the verboten list also includes Christmas stollen, even those feel about as solid as lead, because they have a marzipan center.
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Dec 22nd, 2006, 12:39 PM
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NO!!
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Dec 23rd, 2006, 06:28 AM
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You'll probably all be thrilled to learn that a news investigative team - in the past WEEK - boarded a flight from Paris to Nice carrying a block of fake semtex and a, wait for it ... a real detonator. The guy is sitting in his seat and opens his computer bag, and pulls out the detonator. Written on the side of it is "danger...detonator". DUH.

Two days later the same team boarded a flight (on an American airline - but they didn't say which one) to the USA carrying two box cutters.

I guess all the security people are busy looking for foie gras.
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Dec 24th, 2006, 02:15 PM
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Hi BTilke, thanks for asking - I got back to Scotland with no problems whatsoever! Fortunately Edinburgh skies were clear and sunny, and Brussels wasn't particularly foggy either. My heart did go out to all the people I saw queueing at both airports though, presumably trying to get to London...
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Dec 26th, 2006, 05:12 AM
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Glad your flight was ok! Hope the foie gras made it through in good shape.
FYI, did you see that the Bouvy women's store on the Ave. Louise is closing for renovations? They're selling off everything at pretty good discounts--Armani clothes were 30% off, Mulberry bags 40% off (not too many left), and Fratelli Rossetti shoes were marked down 30-50%. Lots of other things discounted at similar rates, but those were the ones I remembered.
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Dec 26th, 2006, 07:11 AM
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Thanks for this info...I would bring back at least foie gras, if not some cheese, from my next trip back from Europe.

The real question is now, hand luggage, different from checked-in luggage, yes? So I can check my foie gras and "liquid" cheeses in my checked luggage?
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Dec 26th, 2006, 07:15 AM
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Ira, ROTFLMAO!!!

Yes, Jody, one of the "regulars" on this forum returned from France last month, and she & her hubby were most unpleasantly surprised to learn at JFK that their foie gras was not going to be allowed into the USA! (Luckily, Santa brought them some from D'Artagnan!)

And yes, when a pal told me about some restrictions on a BA flight from Heathrow, my first response was "shouldn't they be paying closer attention to radiation poisoning on their planes since that incident with the poor Russian chap?". Just a suggestion!

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Dec 26th, 2006, 07:54 AM
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>> If I put a slice of camembert in a ziplock, swallow, take a flight, and wait till it comes out - am I still a criminal? <<

Isn't there some kind of worm that does that to cheese, with the end result being something gourmet and über-expensive?
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Dec 26th, 2006, 07:55 AM
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btw - it's good to see that most people understand that this is all for show. You don't even need robots - get yourself a golden retriever! They can smell anything, and are even cheaper to maintain than the dollar-an-hour rent-a-cops they hire for "security"...
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Dec 26th, 2006, 09:22 AM
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One wonders what they do with all that confiscated foie gras, marzipan, cheeses, etc.

Maybe the homeless shelters diners in Bruxelles are living the good life? Or do Customs officials spirit the still good good away - hope they are not disposed of in the garbage or else this means some goose will have suffered horrible torture for nothing.
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Dec 26th, 2006, 10:30 AM
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I'm sure they take it home... or trade loot with the baggage handlers who go through your stuff and steal it all...
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Apr 7th, 2007, 05:56 PM
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well, pbprovence, it certainly tastes like plastique!
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Apr 7th, 2007, 06:14 PM
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Incidentally, on the third Wednesday of each month if you're lucky enough to be invited the airport officials will be having a very large and wonderful party featuring foie gras and marzipan.
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