US Customs and Border Protection officials found human umbilical cords in luggage at Louis Armstrong New Orleans International Airport.
Officials said they made the discovery on Aug. 2 while inspecting the luggage of a passenger on Spirit Airlines Flight 1439 from Honduras, according to an agency press release. The passenger had been referred for the secondary check.
The passenger told officials that the umbilical cord and an accompanying medical bracelet belonged to a relative and left the human body parts at the airport for cremation.
A passenger on the same recurring flight on June 28, departing from Honduras to New Orleans, was also traveling with an umbilical cord and a positive pregnancy test, telling officials they belonged to a relative.
Mark Choina, acting area port director for New Orleans, said the incidents should remind travelers to make sure they’re transporting items legally.
“With the large number of travelers traveling daily, our officials are guaranteed to come across some unusual items,” Choina said. “What is remarkable, however, is that two umbilical cords, a month apart, came from the same country. This seizure underscores the importance of knowing what’s in your bag and whether you can legally bring it in, especially if you’re carrying it for someone else.”
An import permit from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is required for travelers bringing biological material with them.
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