This past weekend was the first ever Family Day in British Columbia, which meant a long weekend for most of us. So, I sacrificed a weekend of skiing to spending time with my family…in Winnipeg. This meant about 12 hours of travel in 4 days.
I feel like I spend a lot of time in airports because I love to travel and have been travelling since an early age. I’m going to share with you some of my highlights from airport adventures…specifically security.
Age 17 – I got hired to work at a summer camp in Cleveland, Georgia, so I had to fly to Atlanta. The summer camp “forgot” to give me the proper documentation (aka A WORK VISA) and so when it came time to clear customs…I failed. A scary man who did not understand what I meant by “going to be a camp counselor at a Jewish Summer Camp in America” and yelled me at for hours. Eventually, after many hours of crying and talking to the Director of the Camp, they let me though on a J1 Visa. Little did I know I was now “red flagged” at the US border. Note: this was the wrong Visa.
Age 17-23 – ANY TIME I WANTED TO CROSS THE BORDER. I was pulled aside and asked what I was doing in the USA with a J1 Visa if I wasn’t a student. Note: A J1 Visa is a student visa and I was never a student. I was usually in interrogation for 30 minutes up to 1.5 hours. That made travelling fun. One magical day, the head of security was there and lifted my red flag. I no longer have “those issues.”
Age 22 – After living in Edmonton to 8 months I made the hard decision to move to Vancouver. The day I moved I was very, very sick and really sad to leave my friends (especially Chase who took me to the airport). I was a hot mess and security found a corkscrew in my bag. This caused for a delayed and detailed search of me. I guess they thought I would open too many bottles on the airplane.
This past weekend – My carryon was searched 3 times because something showed up on the x-ray that looked like a knife. After searching my stuff and me over and over again….they found and confiscated a dirty butter knife.
This past weekend – Security was not busy and so I was “chosen for a random security test.” The creepy man swabbed my waist, hip, shoe and hand for explosive materials. Is that even legal? He was in my bubble. I did not have any explosive materials on me. Phew
So, these are just some of my many run-ins with security. Has anything crazy ever happened to you?
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