you have no idea how I can relate to that.
I have been known to bring a few pounds of non-declared cheese with me to the Philippines - dairy is nor their strong point. TSA will always do a secondary screen on it - it looks just like plastic explosives on their scanner. Just after 9-11 I had to eat some to show it was really cheese!
With my status as a frequent flier, I have a 254lb luggage allowance. I have been know to carry what would be normally be considered ridiculous items to the Philippines - but some times its a case of it being cheaper or easier to get here. Last time I took 2 trailer wheels with tires, a set of leaf springs and a hitch receiver. The red trailer I built over Christmas is half chinese american lol.
I wish I was at OHare when Amazing Grace was blasting - we could have had a flash mob!
the last time i went to the province i has a hammer, 30" pry bar,hand saw, screw drivers, bitbrace,drill bits, & a bunch of other tools in my checked bag
i'm sure that looked funny when they scanned it :)