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DEAR ABBY: I need some advice. My husband is stationed in England with the U.S. Air Force, and he's coming home for a 30-day leave next month. My problem is that his parents want to go to the airport to meet him, and I would prefer they didn't because I'd like to have him all to myself when he arrives. Besides, he's coming in at 11 p.m. on a weeknight, and his parents have to go to work the next morning. Anyway, I don't know how to tell them that I would rather meet my husband alone.

He hasn't been home in 13 months, but I flew to England to see him last November - so I've seen him more recently than his parents have. But he is my husband and we've been married only four years. My parents are not going to the airport.I'm not sure how to handle this. What would you do, Abby? - UNDECIDED

DEAR UNDECIDED: I would say absolutely nothing to his parents to discourage their meeting him at the airport. As you know, a man can have more than one wife in a lifetime, but he will never have more than one set of parents. So put your nose back in joint, grow up and don't make an issue out of who or how many people meet your husband at the airport.

DEAR ABBY: I am an attorney. Last night I received a telephone call from one of my clients, and his story might prevent many similar situations if it's shared with your readers.

Before leaving the United States, he took his prescription medications out of their original pharmacy containers and placed them in a moisture-proof pill box. While out of the country, he purchased some over-the-counter pain pills which, had they been purchased in the U.S., would have required a prescription.

When he re-entered the United States, all of his medications were on top of his clothing in his suitcase. He is presently in custody in the Dallas County Jail, where he has been held for two days for "importation of controlled substances" - a felony!

Hopefully, he will be granted bail today, and possibly the court will eventually dismiss the charges on a showing of the facts - but it is not certain.

Abby, advise readers who travel abroad never to remove prescription drugs from their original containers, because some that may be over-the-counter medicines in a foreign country may be considered controlled substances in the United States.

If a medication is purchased in another country - even something as seemingly innocuous as a cough medicine (which may contain a narcotic) - do not assume that it can be brought into the United States.

Whatever the outcome for my client, he has learned a costly lesson he will never forget. - SAN FRANCISCO ATTORNEY

DEAR ATTORNEY: Thank you for bringing this valuable information to the attention of my readers. You may have prevented countless headaches.

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