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Had a right old time of it with Mossad once as we crossed from Egypt into Israel via the (then recently opened and very soon to be closed again) land crossing at Taba in the Sinai.

Two couples travelling together. They lived in Cairo but were originally from NI. Us from NI and all of us having in the recent past been in the US and Cypress a few times. The Mossad lads assumed we were IRA which finally dawned on me and allowed us to get it cleared up. I'd thought the questioning was rather strange and all the stranger when one was obviously senior started remonstrating with the others for not have separated us. He did that in English, no doubt for our benefit. All of it was odd and might very quickly have become frightening I think.

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In 1994 I popped over to France alone for 2 days to sign and pay the deposit on our 'Holiday' home. Coming back to Portsmouth I was pulled over by customs for a search and asked where I had been, I said Normandy. OK I was on my own and hadn't even bothered to buy any booze or duty free. So they almost pulled my car to bits. Door panels off boot emptied and engine compartment searched. I was then asked again where I had been and when was the last time I had been in Spain? I thought and remembered 1982 and said so. This resulted in an even more thorough search and me being stripped.!

Eventually finding nothing Customs asked again when was the last time I had been in Spain? I repeated 1982. Then why have you got a Spanish postage stamp in the pocket of your passport? I pointed out the stamp was about 5 Pesetas and how long ago did Spain use pesetas?

Realising they had been stupid all they said was "You can go now" and left me to tidy up. No apology or anything else. Basturds.

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We had trouble when we visited Israel

We were pulled aside

We had been to sharm-el Sheik

We continued to have problems at borders

Demanding we empty the car

And we we were not that young to lug it all out , but they stood back and let us

But we showed them our identity old card , for us and 6 kids , 3 born in Israel

It dated back to before they were born , they loved it

And immediately they replaced everything in the car

And wished us a pleasant journey

And when the hound from hell is no more

I so long to go back

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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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Almost an opposite story.


I was flying into Washington and had taken the remnants of my fruit bowl - one oange and one apple. I ate the orange and declared the apple. Consternation, lots of discussion amongst Customs Officers about what to do - eventually thrust into my hand and told to disappear.


What nonsense!


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I always find the UK Border Agency people the worst of the lot. Majority of them no manners and act as if they are some special forces operatives rather than civil servants.

The Israelis are a strange lot, travelled there to watch a football match and on the way back out an immigration official went down the line handed out different coloured cards, depending on the colour of the card dictated the length of interogation. Check in was four hours before the flight.

Where had you been what bars did you go into, what tourist sites did you visit.

Dont think I would ever go back

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Never had an issue with UK Border Agency but I guess that's because I have a UK passport and always use the self scanning machines.

In defence of US immigration (who I agree can be horrendously harsh) we arrived in Orlando a few years ago for a family holiday and were doing the thumb prints, photos etc when the lady immigration officer told us all to stop! Mrs P plus our four children (13- 18 at the time) and me told to stand still and she asked our youngest why he hadn't had a haircut before coming to the USA because they didn't allow people without haircuts to enter! Even I wasn't sure she was joking until she broke into a big smile and started laughing - the kids loved it!!
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Amazing Peter as we found no sense of humour at all and after the first time which cost me several hours was frightened to even speak.
We have been 'detained' many times and 'delayed' many more times either by thugs or their 'systems'.

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Never had an issue with UK Border Agency but I guess that's because I have a UK passport and always use the self scanning machines.

In defence of US immigration (who I agree can be horrendously harsh) we arrived in Orlando a few years ago for a family holiday and were doing the thumb prints, photos etc when the lady immigration officer told us all to stop! Mrs P plus our four children (13- 18 at the time) and me told to stand still and she asked our youngest why he hadn't had a haircut before coming to the USA because they didn't allow people without haircuts to enter! Even I wasn't sure she was joking until she broke into a big smile and started laughing - the kids loved it!!
I had exactly that entering Malawi at Blantyre Airport. There then ensued a discussion as to whether they'd cut my hair for me before letting me in. In the end that took my assurances, and a few dollars, and let me in unscathed on the condition that the first thing I did was to get a haircut.

Old Hastings Banda ran a tight ship Peri. You'd have loved it.

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I got arrested and interrogated at Minneapolis airport. Little ole me for heavens sake! Do I look like a Terrorist?
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I remember when i was working for an international 'Loss Adjuster' and we had a problem in our Toronto office and I had to go there.


I worked out that is was cheaper to fly via Boston than direct.


At that time Boston had no Transit Lounge so I had to go though US Immigration and back out.


I was asked why I wanted to enter the US -......' I don't, but you have not got Transit facilities'.



That caused some black looks but they let me through.






At that time Miami did not have Transit either, so for some trips from UK to Carribbean and S. America the same applied.




I hope I never see a US Immigration Officer again.


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