Man Smuggles 70 Finches Hidden In Hair Rollers

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

It’s enough to curl your hair.

A passenger flying into John F. Kennedy International Airport was caught trying to smuggle in live animals – 70 live birds hidden inside green and orange hair rollers.

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection said an agriculture specialist discovered the birds in the bag of a traveller who had just touched down in New York from Georgetown, Guyana. 

The dozens of tiny finches were hidden inside the hair rollers in a black duffel bag, the law enforcement agency said.

The birds were confiscated from the unidentified passenger, quarantined and transferred to the Department of Agriculture Veterinary Services.

"CBP agriculture specialists are the first line of defence to prevent the introduction of animal diseases that have the potential to cause significant damage to the nation’s agricultural economy," said Troy Miller, director of  the New York field office.

Few other details were released, but we at Open Jaw have questions:


  • Were the birds potentially emotional support animals, but he needed a lot of them because they were small? 
  • Were they part of an elaborate hair styling he planned to complete on his arrival? 
  • Do women still use hair rollers?

Little finches. Big questions.

Bruce Parkinson

Bruce Parkinson Editor-in-Chief

An observer and analyst of the Canadian and international travel industries for over 25 years, Bruce uses the pre-dawn hours to prepare a daily news and information package to keep industry members up to date.


KarenD - December 14, 2018 @ 15:08
I imagine Alfred Hitchcock would approve lol

debbie marcotte - December 14, 2018 @ 12:27
I am so sick of these A......s I want jail sentences

hanna - December 13, 2018 @ 14:24
Bruce wins OPEN JAW. Best closing comments EVER !!!! lol

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