Terrorist Threat Makes Cuban Cigars Even Harder to Get a Hold Of
In October, the feds thwarted an attempt by terrorists that involved placing bombs in printing cartridges. New rules have called for tougher screening standards, and a practical ban on shipping foreign-shipped packages aboard U.S. passenger planes. That means European suppliers who ship to America have to stockpile enough Cuban cigars to buy space on a cargo plane. That means officials are more often detecting the illicit cargo.
Before the rules about 2000 cigars were confiscated every two weeks at Chicago O'Hare International Airport, a major shipping hub. According to the AP, in the past two weeks more than 100,000 cigars have been seized. Officials plan to "vaporize" all seized cigars.
[AP: New anti-terror rules thwart US Cuban cigar trade via Gawker]