OnePlus buds seized as 'fake Apple AirPods' by United States customs

CBP Seizes 2,000 OnePlus Buds, Calls Them

Like most Apple products, the company's wireless earbuds, the Apple AirPods, have prompted a number of copycat designs. The only problem is that the CBP shared photos of perfectly normal OnePlus Buds as evidence of the tactical-seizure-can-of-whoop-arse that it just opened on tech counterfeiters.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers last month seized a shipment of OnePlus Buds earphones at JFK Airport apparently believing they were counterfeit Apple AirPods, reports The Verge.

CBP officers at an air cargo facility located at John F. Kennedy International Airport have mistakenly sized 2,000 OnePlus Buds as counterfeit AirPods. The shipment originated from Hong Kong and was headed to Nevada, CBP said in a statement.

A press release from US Customs Border and Protection hailing the seizure on Friday included images of the 2,000 products that had been dispatched from Hong Kong and were bound for Nevada before being seized at an air cargo facility at JFK Airport in NY.

"CBP officers are protecting the American public from various dangers on a daily basis", the NY field operations director added. In any case, OnePlus USA has definitely taken note of the issue and come back with a cheeky reply.

And an accompanying press release lauded "the vigilance and commitment to mission success" of the officers.

CBP and OnePlus did not immediately respond to a CNN request for comment. Border Protection's own photos (below), though small and slightly pixelated, clearly show OnePlus branding on the red-and-white packaging, as well as the distinctly shaped carrying case.



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