Customs officers are generally our friends. They keep people from boarding the plane with stolen antiquities or live reptiles, but occasionally innocent people get caught in their net.
Stamp collector Markand Dave of
Mr. Dave tried to board a flight from
Mr. Dave is probably not an antiquities smuggler, but as a leading philatelist he should have known better. Collectors should understand the laws that cover their collections and fill out the proper paperwork before they travel.
Besides, he should be thankful he didn't have his rare stamps stolen by a baggage thief.