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Flying home from abroad? Leave the veggies, palm hats behind

Flying home from abroad? Leave the veggies, palm hats behind

By the time international travelers arriving at BWI-Marshall Airport meet Sue Rosoff, they've already answered her questions three times. But, one by one, she asks them again.

Did you bring any fruit or vegetables with you — apples or oranges? Any meats — beef, pork? Seeds? What about Mamajuana, the woodchip drink? Any food at all? Any palm hats or baskets?

As the number of international flights at BWI has risen sharply, Rosoff and her fellow agriculture specialists at U.S. Customs and Border Protection have been seizing more banned items to prevent invasive species, disease-carrying foods and anything else that could potentially harm American agriculture...

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