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Old 14 October 2007, 08:12   #51
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I haven't been to the USA for some time now - I am only repeating what I have been told by many people I know who travel there a lot. My Aunt and Uncle hav a house in Florida so are always over there.

To be fair Canada is just as bad. My ex girlfriend hated the treatment she had. Even removing her shoes 3 times in the space of an hour. Considering she was blonde and about 5' 2" anyone less like a terrorist is hard to imagine. Then again it wouldn't be PC to pick on the likely suspects would it!!!
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Old 15 October 2007, 05:28   #52
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New York (Newark) wasn't a problem the last time I was there. Usual queueing, but I was through in about 10 minutes, after a photo and finger print scan.

I really don't see what all the fuss is about, surely no one can complain about additional security if it makes travelling even a little safer.

As for Codprawns claim that USA immigration officials are officious, I've never found that, maybe he just gives off the wrong vibes. I've always found them to be efficient, and have even known them to share a laugh. Just treat them how you'd like to be treated yourself.
Yeah...what the fat man says.. I found the guys at JFK to have a fine sense of humour... even offering to detain my wife indefinitely when the electronic scanner couldn't read her fingerprints .. . Less pleasing is the habit of HM Immigration service putting on only a couple of staff at UK airports when they must know how many large capacity planes are coming in from the Far East/Asia etc... with loads of non-EU nationals on board..
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One poor woman was locked up for 26 hours in a cell because her fingerprints came back as belonging to an Arab male terrorist. The fact she was neither male nor Arab didn't seem to matter..........
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Do you ever worry codders that if you did fly to the US, the yanks would pick your prescence up on radar, as you have a very wide footprint, and despatch some F14's on a search and destroy mission ?
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Do you ever worry codders that if you did fly to the US, the yanks would pick your prescence up on radar, as you have a very wide footprint, and despatch some F14's on a search and destroy mission ?
F14s??? They have been retired now - do you realise all the "modern" US jets were around in the days of Nam......

Anyway I would just come in on the 4th July with a baseball cap!!!
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Has something changed in the last 6 months then ! I have been flying into US for the last 8 years on a very regular basis and have had to queue, have photo's taken and finger printed on every occasion and thats with a 10 year B1B2 Visa, on most occasions by officious and over bearing immigration officers.

The worst immigration to date has to be the British Virgin Islands !

To be fair most immigration Officers in most countries are officious, they must all go to the same immigration college worldwide. Except for the bloody UK who welcome every bugger with open arms, big kiss and a nice cup of hot tea to make up for the nasty, bumpy little flight over !!!
Never had any grief - been to Chicago, LA and Miami twice!

Do you have a pub Landlord? I'm just down the road in Salcombe!
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No pub thankfully - there would be no wine left !

Property landlord like many others at the moment
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No pub thankfully - there would be no wine left !

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Oh that sort of Landlord! Let me know when you're up our way - we were in Newton Ferrers 3 weeks ago from Salcombe, it's fantastic out of season!
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