US Customs and Border Protection has proudly tweeted in the past few hours that its officers have "recently seized 2,000 counterfeit Apple AirPods from Hong Kong which, if genuine, would have been worth approximately $ 398,000."
In support of this tweet which opens with a triumphal one "THAT'S NOT AN APPLE" also a press release that summarizes everything with a lot of photos of the seized products and praise to the officers always committed to "protect US citizens from everyday dangers". An operation, the press release continues, "which is a direct consequence of the vigilance and commitment of the agents".
All is well if it were not for a fairly obvious detail: according to the photos published by the agency, the seized products seem to be "very regular" OnePlus Buds, the same ones we reviewed in August, with their original box that clearly indicates the contents. . It is not specified whether all 2,000 units seized were OnePlus Buds, but the photos are unambiguous. The earphones were seized on August 31 and were headed for Nevada.
It is difficult to imagine what led the US customs agency to block these earphones given that the Apple logo is obviously not present on the boxes and there are now many models of various manufacturers that are similar to each other in circulation. Impossible to think that they may have been "confused" just by their shape as both the case and the OnePlus Buds themselves are quite different from the AirPods.
At the moment there have been no statements on the matter yet but this story seems to have all the aspects of an embarrassing gaffe on the part of border officers.