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Odd questions by Immigration

Old May 22, 07, 2:44 pm
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US Airways being exceptionally cranky told us to list *everything* on our customs form to help aid the agents in Philadelphia. I opted to play along, and filled out three forms worth of items, by listing every item separately- 6 kindereggs, 1 line each etc. I told the customs agent what the attendant had requested when I handed him my forms. He laughed his butt off, and stamped me through.

My all time favorite is this:

Agent: who do you work for?
Me: I work for <insert major corp here>.
Agent: Oh yeah, my <cousin, aunt, brother, friend> works there.
Me: -nods head in agreement-
Agent: Do you know so-and-so?
Me: -blink, blink- Uh no.
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Old May 22, 07, 2:53 pm
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Originally Posted by GUWonder View Post
I'd be curious at what port of entry that question was asked. It's been used to fish for opportunities to select people to check for pornography, legal or otherwise, on computers and storage devices.
I was asked this question in YUL.
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Old May 22, 07, 10:44 pm
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I can recall many funny and irritating questions at different boarders the UK and the US the more irritating. Two funny stories that happened to my friends when we were traveling together:

LHR Customs: How long will you be here for?
Friend 1: 3 days
C: Do you have enough money to support yourself?
F1: Yes more than enough (My friend is worth plenty of $$$$$)
C: prove it
F1: I have $100USD plus $200AUD and 50 pounds on me plus $30 Grand on this credit card and 20 Grand in this bank account
C: That is not enough proof
F1: You can look at my ticket we at on the last leg of a big round the world ticket I have already paid for my accommodation, I can assure you money is not a problem. I will be gone in 3 days
C: No I need more proof!
ME: Sure trust me he has more than enough money!
C: I will let you through this once but you are very lucky!

Customs in Miami: Sir how tall are you?
Friend 2: 177
C: What the hell is that, that is not your height?
F2: yes that is my height
C: Son I know that is not your height, tell me your height in feet
F2: In Australia like the rest of the world we use the metric system so that is my height.
C: Well you are in the US now I want your height in feet!
F2: I guess around 5'10
C: Lucky you said that I was about to send you back to Australia!

Oh you gotta love customs!

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Old May 23, 07, 12:05 am
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This is one of the funniest threads I've ever read!!!

(Un)fortunately most of my immigration questions have been relatively straight forward!

The only time I can remember when it was a little different was when fingerprinting was about to start at US immigration. The machines were introduced 1-2 weeks before fingerprinting actually became mandatory. The immigration officer asked me if he could finger print me and I said no (was really late for a a connection). His only response to that was had it been next week it would have been mandatory. I just smiled and said I know. Luckily I didn't get hassled!
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Old May 23, 07, 12:57 am
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Originally Posted by GUWonder View Post
but I'm not sure Amsterdam-Schipol Airport is even located in Amsterdam proper."
Schiphol is not in the municipality of Amsterdam. It is in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer.
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Old May 23, 07, 12:59 am
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Originally Posted by Sjoerd View Post
Schiphol is not in the municipality of Amsterdam. It is in the municipality of Haarlemmermeer.
That's right -- it was an attempt to gently "show up" an already agitated DHS employee while putting him a bit off-balance by hinting at the error of his ways.
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Old May 23, 07, 1:05 am
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Although I have traveled extensively half of my life, I have only once experienced questioning. Must be something do with my dull Finnish passport.

Israel's immigration last July after seeing my Lebanese stamp:

Why are you coming here during the war?
- I haven't seen any missiles hitting Tel Aviv on CNN
What are you going to do here?
- I heard that the gay nightlife is good here
Are you planning to visit West Bank or Damascus
- No I am not (not my true intension though)
What is the profession of my father
- I haven't spoken with him for 20 years so I cannot really tell
What is the name of my grand father
- I don't know he died when my father was child
What do I do for living
- Computer consulting
Why did you start your trip in the US
- I am a frequent flyer
and so on. This went for an hour......
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Old May 23, 07, 8:35 pm
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London Immigration

I encountered pretty much the same scenario as the poster in London at LGW a couple years ago. I was unemployed at the time but financially stable/comfortable yet they kept asking how I support myself, how much cash I had on hand, why I am unemployed, where am I staying in London, proof of return ticket. I had to wait 10 minutes while they actually called the hotel to confirm I had a reservation there and do other checks. So in all seriousness, what is one supposed to do, even if you do work to ensure a smooth entry into the UK. Bring last years tax return, last paycheck,, bank statement etc to prove your net worth? Are they concerned about people flying to the UK to sign up for welfare or something? The average American making $40,000 a year with little savings who spends more than he/she makes and going to the UK for their 1-2 week vacation should be considered a "risk" and denied entry by their logic. Seems crazy. What are they after?
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Old May 23, 07, 8:39 pm
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Weird that alot of you have had problems with the London thing. Is it because you didn't have an onward ticket / return ticket, or for some other reason.......
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Old May 23, 07, 8:43 pm
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Originally Posted by MJLogan View Post
When leaving Schiphol on a US-bound Northwest or KLM flight, the security screener at the gate always asks me if I'm a member of the frequent flyer program. When I say that I am, he/she always asks to see my card. I've never run into that anyplace else.
I've had that too - what the heck is the deal with that?????
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Old May 23, 07, 8:50 pm
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Not sure honestly. I'm in my late 20's, clean cut and dressed fine and showed them a printout of my AA itinerary (which included a return flight). They looked at my passport and even asked "Why have you only traveled once internationally in the last 9 years? Me, "Have been traveling domestically in the United States instead and was in college." The one passport stamp I had was from CDG where I remember no questions were asked. I said Bonjour, handed the immigration officer my passport, he stamped it, and returned it to me without uttering a word.
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Old May 23, 07, 9:08 pm
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Originally Posted by auher View Post
Weird that alot of you have had problems with the London thing. Is it because you didn't have an onward ticket / return ticket, or for some other reason.......
Both times I or my friend has been hassled we have had tickets back to Australia. Once I said look sir I like to visit London but I can guarantee I have not urge to live here as I like the sun to much
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Old May 23, 07, 11:36 pm
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Weird that alot of you have had problems with the London thing. Is it because you didn't have an onward ticket / return ticket, or for some other reason.......
My mother and I had trouble with London 25 years ago but it was quite understandable other than the passport official's fixation on an impossible scenario. (He thought we were trying to get in to get free treatment for my mother's blindness. Sorry, but the docs can't do anything for someone with glass eyes.)

Arriving with a total of $5 (problems with transferring money) and a bit scruffy tropical attire (we had our cooler-weather stuff packed away separately to reduce the amount of stuff we actually needed to deal with. A thief got that bag.) and being a blind woman + minor child (albeit 17) isn't exactly how to get into a country. It took us 2 hours to get him to get BA to run our CC and see that it was good.
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Old May 24, 07, 9:34 am
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Originally Posted by Happs View Post
The average American making $40,000 a year with little savings who spends more than he/she makes and going to the UK for their 1-2 week vacation should be considered a "risk" and denied entry by their logic. Seems crazy. What are they after?
the average American in general and especially with an annual income like that doesn't go to the UK for 1-2 weeks vacation

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Old May 24, 07, 9:52 am
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My sister was crossing the border with her daughter, a little girl for whom she'd recently been given custody (because the little girl's mother, who is connected to our family, was a heroin addict and had once again abandoned her kids). The two were crossing the Canada-US border at a land crossing. Not surprisingly (and somewhat reassuringly, given concerns about abduction of children), the border guard (who was quite an odd and unattractive fellow - relevant, see below) asked my sister a lot of questions and she showed him the relevant paperwork. Then he went around to the other side of the car and started to ask my niece a lot of questions. Not a problem, except that he was quite aggressive in manner. He finally asked her "Who is your mother?", which was a hard question for the poor, still somewhat traumatised little girl to answer. She said "X (my sister's name) is my mother now." He said (because my sister is fair-skinned and blue-eyed and my niece is part Native American, part Filipino and part Mexican), "You don't look like your mother." She said replied sweetly, "I'll bet you don't look like your mother, either."
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