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A bit like the question on the US I-94W Visa Waiver Arrival form:
"Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?"
I wonder if anyone has ever ticked the YES box?
Yes Roger but the American thugs have absolutely no sense of humour.
I took $50k into the states to buy an RV so declared it as requested. When asked by a thug why I had brought so much money into America, I replied to help you out with your balance of payments.
They detained me for hours giving me the third degree. Never again, keep it straight.

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Yes it's like the question they used to ask in UK airports. "Did you pack your own bag?"

To which the answer definately isn't , "Yes, I put the bomb in there."

I never said it but had to bite my tongue every time.
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Yes Roger but the American thugs have absolutely no sense of humour.
I took $50k into the states to buy an RV so declared it as requested. When asked by a thug why I had brought so much money into America, I replied to help you out with your balance of payments.
They detained me for hours giving me the third degree. Never again, keep it straight.

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Your not kidding. 1998 on a business trip I got arrested in Minneapolis airport at gunpoint and interrogated by the head of security with two of their airport cops stood either side of me. All I did was leave the immigration queue and try and find someone with a match to light my cig. I went off into the corner of the arrivals hall and was trying to light the one match I had found when these feckers pounced on me. I dont suppose I helped myself by stating I was just trying to have a "Fag"

They threatened to deport me!
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A bit like the question on the US I-94W Visa Waiver Arrival form:

"Do you seek to engage in or have you ever engaged in terrorist activities, espionage, sabotage, or genocide?"

I wonder if anyone has ever ticked the YES box?
On visiting a Florida port off a cruise ship we were warned not to joke with those checking our entry as they took their job really seriously.
As they say 'there's always one', cheeky chap in the adjacent queue joked about a bomb in his backpack, within seconds he was in cuffs and lead away with guns drawn.

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Yes Terry and Baz. I have heard of Brits being put on the next plane back because of silly jokes at immigration. My wife had forgotten about a banana in her handbag and a sniffer dog found it. She was made to feel like a criminal and again threated with being refused entry to their Land of the Free.?

Plus several times we have serious problems getting back into Arizona from Mexico and detained for hours. One reason was because my Christian name is spelt like the Spanish.

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I think my issue was I got a bit lippy and demanded to see someone from the British consulate and mentioned something about a special relationship not been worth much. I think I also said "do I look like a f*cking terrorist?" It was then when they threatened to just stick me on the next plane back to Gatwick that I thought it best to eat a bit of humble pie.

Bit young and daft.
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I was stopped by the douanes in the car near Poitiers a couple of years back. Got chatting to them by virtue of being in a very old French car with Spanish plates and having identified myself using my Irish passport, as I always do.

I think they stopped me to get a look at the car. Anyway they told me they were stopping all foreign registered cars because France was full of foreign registered cars being used by people who were permanently resident in France. The first thing they asked me was where I lived, presumably looking for a French address as an indication that my car could be one of the illegal ones. Seemed a fairly futile exercise to me. Nice enough people though, as long as there's nothing wrong.
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Nice enough people though, as long as there's nothing wrong.
the lady douaniere who pulled us up was impressed with the fact we spoke to her in French as her English was p1ss poor. always helps to break the ice speaking to authorities in their language
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I try and manage to explain and say what I want which always leads the French to speed up remarking how good my French is and then I'm lost.

Ray.
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We, too, were interrogated by border police at Minneapolis airport a few years ago. Escorted to separate offices and quizzed about our reason for entering the country. Our crime was to have bought a return ticket on a previous visit. We had been delayed leaving and knew we were coming back so bought a return ticket. This meant that we were entering the country with no pre paid ticket back to England. How very dare we!
It was all due to a bereavement in the family but they were having none of it! Pretty scary at the time.

I remember a nun ahead of us in the queue telling the officer, after he enquired into them. of her travel plans. She was flying to San Diego staying for a few days, then visiting an orphanage in South America somewhere, and then flying back. "M'am" he said "I will be the one who decides where you go and when!"
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