No, you are not. Live plants, including parts of plants, can carry pests that could devestate crops in another country, i.e. Mediteranian fruit flies. You aren't even supposed to carry fruit off of the airplane.
These unreasonable rules (as opposed to reasonable rules for safety) create problems.
Not to single you out, but:
Unreasonable is in the eye of the beholder - I personally don't think that anyone could seriously hijack a plane with a nail file, but they're still confiscated. Trying not to be political here, but - I also get annoyed when rules are adopted in my country because of *one* incident (a rare one) somewhere else in the world.
But the thing is - caryying in fruit and vege from another country has the potential to destroy the agricultural industry - and hence the economic health - of an island nation like mine. It's not unreasonable and we do take it very serious... because it has very serious consequences. Hilary Swank, take note
Don't quote me out of context, then turn around & use my quotes to support your agenda! If you look at the entirety of what I wrote regarding carrying fruit onto a plane in order to eat it on the plane
, not to carry it from one country to another, you will see I did not say prohibitions against carrying fruit and vegetables from country to country were "unreasonable." What I said was:
"These days you aren't even allowed to carry fruit on the plane. Even if you plan to eat it before you land. It's a bummer for those of us who prefer to pack our own food instead of paying for crappy airline food and enjoy fresh fruit and vegetables.
I checked with the agricultural screeners on my way back through the airport (having arrived home) to see what they do with all the fruit they confiscate. I asked if I could have some of the apples for my horse. They said their rules require them to throw it all away. All that perfectly good fruit!"
At the end, I am saying it is unreasonable for them to throw away perfectly good fruit, not unreasonable to prevent it from potentially infecting another country with insect pests.
Another "unreasonable" rule we encountered the last time we flew: My husband is addicted to Diet Coke. He only drinks Diet Coke & his medications give him dry mouth, so he needs to have Diet Coke handy at all times. We carry cans (sealed) of Diet Coke with us everywhere. The TSA screener took 3 unopened cans of Diet Coke from our backpack. He let me keep the small bottles of rum I put in a ziplock baggy, which drove DH crazy! Twenty feet from where we stood as the screener stole our Coke was a concession selling identical cans of Diet Coke for $2 each. What a rip off! I think it is entirely unreasonable to steal sealed cans and force travelers to pay outrageous amounts to replace the stolen items. I think it is not making it safer to travel, but it sure is making more money for the airport concessions!