Fri Jan 15, 2021 3:23 pm
The US has it’s nonsense rules as well ..
We’d operated LGW – Santa Maria –Tobago . expecting days on the beach .
Ops had a change of plan waiting.. Straight onto an exec jet deadheading to San Juan [ clear US customs and immigration ] then onto Orlando Sanford [ just like Booker + all UK long haul charter fleet on a winter Sat.] By then it would be a very , very long day/night . Any food was long gone , all we could nick from our galley was some peanuts .
Exec crew introduced themselves , and said they’d brought Smorgasboards from Fort Lauderdale for us .. Brilliant , thanks said we .
Whereupon US Customs turned up , and as the food had left the US [ but not the US a/c] ..it was to be confiscated ... Command decision made NO !
The wing of a 1969 Learjet makes a perfect picnic table , laminar flow , flat , polished , correct height and area . We three made US customs wait for 45 mins while we ate supper and coffee , cannot remember the cake .
US customs man had very little to take away afterwards , and we made him clear the table .
Rgds , condor .