FKO Friday - Phil's Rambling Rants
|Date:||March 30th, 2007 08:02 am (UTC)|| |
Next time just tell them you are visiting friends.I cross the border alot and they never get the convention thing.
you are lucky they only held you twenty minutes it could have been a lot worse.
I've crossed the border at Sarnia about 10 times, and the only other time I've had any trouble other than the wait in line to get to the agent in the drive through booth was the one time I didn't say I was going to a convention.
I suspect Canada is making the border crossing more annoying on purpose in retaliation for how annoying the US has made it for Canadians to come the other way. I assume they've always popped a small percentage of cars for extra questioning at random, and further that the percentage is up today over what it was a few years ago. Unfortunately, telling the border guard "Don't blame me, I voted for the Democrats" isn't going to help.
Not saying you're wrong, but you are the first person I've ever observed trying to apply logic to the actions of Canadian border guards.
I have to try to apply logic to everything. And become annoyed if it doesn't work. Just what I am.
|Date:||March 31st, 2007 01:54 am (UTC)|| |
I cross the border all the time at least twice a month and mostly never have trouble going into the US. Just answer what they ask and never volunteer information.All of them US and Canada get pretty much the same training. Sarnia usually an easy place to cross. Marah and I have had the car searched and sniffed by bomb and drug dogs. I remind myself that they are trying to keep both countries safe even before 9/11. Most european countries have had stricter rules for a long time . I remember my Mom's stories about crossing into the former soviet union in the 70's. I still have trouble with the racial profiling in the training ( I had a friend who worked for Canada Customs). I grew up in Quebec
and was exposed to terroism in my front yard
so safety at the border appeals to me.
Sorry for the rant. Hopefully when you come up for Wedding FKO next year it will be easier.