Air Travel Forums

Post New Topic

Recent Activity

View all Air Travel activity »
  1. 1 plastic surgical system, synthetic
  2. 2 Men and women have expert the
  3. 3 http://megacleanseradvice.com/garcinia-pure-pro/
  4. 4 Trip Report Metabolism - Driver To Weight Management
  5. 5 PHL-CDG airline change with checked bags (less than 2 hrs) HELP!!!
  6. 6 Frustrated w/ 1 qt bag limit
  7. 7 Using half of a round trip ticket...
  8. 8 Changing Dates on United FF award tix
  9. 9 Sky Airlines - buying tickets from USA over internet!
  10. 10 Trip Report Handicap assistance at FCO
  11. 11 KLM Business Class
  12. 12 Travelling to Australia on a passport with less then 6 months validity?
  13. 13 Admirals Club Lounge Access for First Class Int'l Passengers?
  14. 14 First time, Best Business class?
  15. 15 Flying from Tokyo (NRT or HND) to San Francisco (SFO or SJC). Options?
  16. 16 Which airport for connection to/from Europe?
  17. 17 Best ideas to pack in your carry on?
  18. 18 Eurowings & Cologne Airpot
  19. 19 Miami>LHR>AMS
  20. 20 From NYC to MAD and to NYC from LISBON..direct flights
  21. 21 Trip Report Comments on BA BOS-LHR flights, equipment
  22. 22 Asking for a sandwich in lieu of a hot meal
  23. 23 KLM is unfair to vegetarians!
  24. 24 Using American Miles
  25. 25 Changing airlines n 1.5 h in CDG, is it possible?
View next 25 » Back to the top

Immigrations and Customs Experiences

Jump to last reply

If I were a gambling man, I would bet that there is something common in the DNA of most Immigration and Customs Officials around the world. Entering and exiting most countries, I am often reminded of an old joke and have been tempted many times to use it.

A horse walks into a bar and the bartender says, “Hey, buddy what's up with the long face?”

So far I have been able to restraint myself from becoming like Jason Bourne and others in having my passport stamped “Denied”. Although, I think being “Persona Non Grata” would be cool if just for a day.

My best land /seaport border crossing by far has been in Swaziland followed by Jordan’s, “Welcome To The Kingdom Of Jordan” in Aqdaba.

The best airport experience, Dubai where there were no forms to fill out, the process was efficient and it actually felt like they wanted you to visit their country. Most countries in Europe tend to also fall into this category not necessarily in terms of warmness but efficiency.

The worst land border crossing, almost a tie between Mozambique and The King Hussein Bridge crossing into Israel. The latter almost understandable but what an unfriendly process that I am told can sometimes take up to five hours.

The worst airport experience, Detroit, Michigan where as a US citizen I was pulled aside and interrogated before being allowed back into my own country.

On a recent visit to China I was surprised to find an Immigration Officer grading system right at the counter available for you to give instant critique after you are processed. These should be available everywhere and the results made public. A JD Power rating system for Immigration and Customs Officials.

I know which group would not be anywhere near the top of that rating system except if it's Global Entry Program is included. As member of Global Entry, I am happy to report that now most of my returns to the US are efficient and pleasant experiences. Maybe it is because machines never seem to be unhappy to be at work or have long faces.

67 Replies |Back to top

Sign in to comment.

Advertisement