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Interesting Travel Experience
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Wed, 6 Aug 2008 14:48:06 -0700
From: eekid () aol com [eekid () aol com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 06, 2008 5:01 PM
To: David Farber
Subject: Interesting Travel Experience
The week before last, my wife and I traveled to Bermuda via ship. My wife didn't have a passport so prior to traveling
we verified that we could travel using birth certificates until 2009. I have a passport and decided to use it but also
carry my birth certificate. When asked for my identification, I presented my passport. The woman entered my passport
information and stared at the screen. Then, she swiped the long edge of the book through a reader. It seemed to be
taking an unusually long time. She then turned to another person and said, "I'm getting a red light on this passport".
The other person at the desk, then performed the same actions as she did and commented "Hmmm we're doing everything
right". I then spoke up and said, I have my birth certificate and handed it to her. She looked at the birth
certificate and allowed me to pass.
This raises a few questions. Is the new passport system reliable? What does it say about border security when a birth
certificate trumps a passport? Will my passport (the expensive little booklet) allow me to travel in the future?
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- Interesting Travel Experience David Farber (Aug 06)