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Boarding Passes [Aug. 1st, 2006|11:11 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

We have our boarding passes to Chicago now. Haven't gone through security gates, yet: just went and checked in, then came back to hotel (in the airport) for breakfast.

Had a bit of a confrontation with the line-director-type-person standing at the back of the check in line.

"Do you have an itinerary?"
"No, we have an e-ticket."
"You need an itinerary."
"Can't then get me an itinerary?" (pointing to check in)
"No, that's check-in."
"Don't we have to check-in first?"
"Sir, look at my eyes, are you listening to me? You have to go through security and turn right to get your itinerary."
"What!? Dina, are you understanding any of this? We have to go through security first, then get our intinerary, then get checked in, then go through security?"

Then Dina and I stood there talking amongst each other about airports confusing us here, me not looking at her, using Dina as a translator for English-to-English (even though this woman's English was perfect), but not getting anywhere, but pissing her off because her English was perfect (her logic was just whack). Finally the lady angrily gave up and pointed us at check-in, who took care of everything. Boo-yah. That's what I thought. Stop getting in my way confusing person. Nobody stops us from getting home.

In the end it's something about US Customs needing an itinerary from us, but I've never done that before. US Customs says "Where you going? (Home) How old are you? What do you do for a job? What's your birthday? Why were you gone?" and they let you in.

k, time to go through security....

[User Picture]From: lakeguy
2006-08-02 06:25 am (UTC)
that's really messed up..

Why do you need an an itinerary ? isn't that what the check-in was for?

Maybe they wanted you to pull out your laptop and and projector and get them a presentation of where you were going too.

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[User Picture]From: dakus
2006-08-02 06:30 am (UTC)
oh man, you're lucky you didn't get the full body cavity search!!
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[User Picture]From: nu_luba
2006-08-02 12:08 pm (UTC)
when i was coming back from spain (via amsterdam) they asked me what i was doing three days ago at 7 pm. I was like...eating dinner...i think...
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[User Picture]From: lithiana
2006-08-02 12:16 pm (UTC)
US Customs says "Where you going? (Home) How old are you? What do you do for a job? What's your birthday? Why were you gone?"

huh - that's more than I get asked at customs, and i don't even live there ;-)
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[User Picture]From: ellenlouise
2006-08-02 01:25 pm (UTC)
Me too (although I do live here). US Customs looks at me, I smile at them, they say "welcome home."

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[User Picture]From: anilnaik
2006-08-02 02:55 pm (UTC)
...I am a bit concerned about the conversations I will have with Customs when I get back to the States....
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[User Picture]From: crucially
2006-08-02 05:34 pm (UTC)
If you are not a resident of the US they need to fill in paperwork for you according to the API rules (Advanced Passanger Information). Basically the airline has to within x amount of minutes of take off provide all the details (where people are staying and so on) to the US authorities.

All you need to do is wave your american passport at them and they should go away. I waved my O1 at them and confused them even more.
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[User Picture]From: graceadieu
2006-08-02 06:42 pm (UTC)


Why is she demanding an itinerary from you when you have US Passports that show you were born in America?! That is not procedure.
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[User Picture]From: mendel
2006-08-02 06:44 pm (UTC)
Hurr, I hate when employees decide to be difficult like that. The other day at the bank I had to go through one of those, except that I maintain an ok balance and have enough investments that I know they're able to be a bit flexible for me.

I was depositing wedding cheques, most of which were made out to my and nyxie's names together, plus one of which was made out to her and I as if she'd taken my last name. But we don't have a joint account yet.

Bank employee says she can't deposit them unless we open a joint account.

I point out that they accept them fine when I put them into the ATM, except that I had enough to deposit that I didn't want to sit at the ATM doing it all.

Still no luck.

I point out that they're endorsed, and that that's all that they legally require, and that the person who endorsed them is standing right beside me. Nope. Have to open a joint account.

I explain that we both already have accounts at that bank and that we're going to open a joint account eventually, it's just that there's some consolidation to do first, and we're doing that later, not on the day we have between wedding and honeymoon...

(nope, still no luck)

... either here or at another bank.

Oops, suddenly maybe she can make an exception. So away we go, she checks our ID to make sure we're both of the people on the cheque (fine by me), and so on. And then when everything's done she tells me that she's only able to make that exception once, so next time we have a cheque made out to both of us we need to have a joint account.

Now, I know that there's no "you get one deposit" policy, because an endorsed cheque is an endorsed cheque, and because there's no way the next teller would know what happened in the last transaction. So I ask her if that's the bank's policy that we're only allowed one, and why, if that's the policy, did she tell us we couldn't do it at all at first?

Oh, ok, it's not the bank's policy, she just wanted to make sure we knew that the next person we talk to wouldn't be able to do it for us. I observed that at least there's always the ATM and away we went. She didn't seem happy. At least I didn't point out that the next person would go ahead and do it for the same reason that she just did, I guess.
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[User Picture]From: monnie_doggett
2006-08-02 06:45 pm (UTC)
The funny thing is that she'll probably go home tonight and bitch about you in her LJ... you should've told her who you are / what you do for a living. Probably wouldn't have helped any, but hey, funny moment?

I know it's their job, but US Customs is scary.. I'm from Canada and I get asked the same kinds of questions. Except they look at me so suspiciously that even I end up feeling like I'm lying.
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[User Picture]From: grumpy_sysadmin
2006-08-04 10:21 pm (UTC)
Huh. US Customs just took the piece of paper saying "nothing to declare" from me and I walked past when I returned from Paris, having departed to Rome two and a half weeks earlier.

Which is more than Italian Customs did in Rome: I tried to get noticed by an Officer both (!) of the times I passed through the "nothing to declare" side... they didn't even look up from their group chat.

(No customs between Italy and France, of course. They're both Schengen Nations.)

I've definitively had more questions to answer every time I drive either way across the US/Canada border than I did flying back from Europe.
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