Originally Posted by Greenhand
Even before 9/11, my mother once had trouble getting back into the US because she had sent her luggage back with Dad. Someone traveling for two weeks with just a handbag set off the alarms.
In 2005 my company bought a railway machine which was delivered to Massena NY by the selling Railway but we had to recive the machine there and drive it by rail back to Canada
. When I arrived at the border from Canada
to get to the railway yard where the machine was parked I realized that I had forgotten my ID (no passports required back then post 911). Fortunately had bill of sale
($$$) and as I was already in the lane to booth (couldn't turn back) apologized to officer stating the situation and told him I would turn around and go back. "No need" he stated. He just radioed over to main building and explained that I would be coming over to fill out affidavit identifying myself after he inspected bill of sale
and brokerage doc's that I was carrying for the machine. Went through with no problem.
In 2009, after spending some time in Cuba
on my boat berthed in Varadero returned to Canada with no luggage and spent 2 hours in the "room" as this raised unreasonable suspicion in the Canadian Customs
eyes. Finally got tired of there nonsense and refused to answer there questions and stated either arrest me or let me go whereupon they let me go. Born Canadian citizen with Passport in hand.????