"Just got back from Zim. I carried $35,000 in cash in my carry-on luggage. Each and every time it was x-rayed the screener went straight to the money - at Dulles, Joburg and Harare. No question that the machine is designed to detect cash. Everything else in my checked and carry-on luggage was ignored. Upon leaving Zim in Harare to catch a flight to Joburg (I still had $19,000), the screener informed me that "it was illegal to export more than $10,000 in cash" and that I would likely have to surrender the excess.
"Immediately I realized this was a shake down. Having been to Zim many times, I was not overly concerned and maintained a firm position with this fellow. He made it clear that I would miss my flight and suggested maybe something could be done to work it all out and to meet him in the bathroom. A few minutes later in the bathroom I gave him $100, and he asked for a little more so I added a $10. He then said he needed more for his supervisor, and I said, Enough! Split the $110 with the superior.' I walked out to the departure area. That was the last I heard of it. I suppose in the future I will carry the cash on my person."
In a telephone conversation with the subscriber, he also told me that the TSA agent who scanned his carryon bag at the Dulles Airport did not know that a US citizen could legally take more than $10,000 out of the country if you declare it to US Customs and fill out the right paperwork. "He was........(continued)