Imagine this: you’re packing for a trip to the United States. You’re making a list so you don’t forget anything. You get out your suitcases and start to load things in them. What’s the one thing you can’t live without on your trip, that you can’t buy once you hit Chicago?
To one man from the Ivory Coast the answer to that question was 32 pounds of rat meat.
When his flight arrived at O’Hare airport on June 26, he approached immigration with his completed customs form. Dutifully he had listed out the rat meat. However,
- You don’t just pay import duty and go on your merry way
- The U.S. doesn’t allow the importation of African meat
- And it’s rat meat of all things
His precious cargo was confiscated and destroyed, but the man was allowed to go about his business entering the U.S. just 32 pounds lighter. He hadn’t violated any laws — he declared the rat meat. It appears there’s no truth to the rumor that he had planned to meet Air India’s Chicago-based inflight catering manager.