posted on Jan, 29 2005 @ 11:45 AM
A while ago John Bull 1 started a thread about upcomming rules and regulations that would be implied for all foreign travelers that come to US
airports. Even the ones that are just passing trough to other locations.
These have been inforced since then and are a bit overkill.
This is the story of these regulation applied to my sister, returning to New Zealand. Although I told her to go over Singapore, her return schedule
for work required her to use the San Francisco route.
My sister is a 1m60 110kg woman with an FF cupsize(this will be relevant lateron ...), an accademic. Wears glasses, reads 2 books a week, research is
her life. I think you get the picture, not exactly a threat.
She had a connecting flight in San Francisco, with 7 hours safe time between flights. Normaly more then enough.
First she had to wait 4 hours in line for passport checking and stuff, the normal, usual procedure you have to go trough at every airport.
But then, when she ran trough the metal detector, the thing went of.
They asked if she was wearing any metal, so she looked and couldn't find anything except the metal zipper on her jacket. So she took it off, went
trough the metal detector again and bam, it went of again ...
Next thing she knows, she's "invited" to join the security crew to the back, where they did a full search on here. And I mean FULL search, she felt
so bloody violated because of that too.
Turns out the metal braces in her bra, that usualy get ignored by metal detectors because of their size, were a whee bit bigger then the usual one
cause of her FF bust.
All this together with a rather hefty and deep interogation took just over 3 hours.
Just long enough to make her miss her flight.
Just long enough to make her loose 3 weeks of holiday for this new year.
Just long enough to make her be unable to come home to belgium this year for xmas because she'll only have 3 weeks holiday in total.
Just long enough to make her rather heartbroken about the fact that she won't see my other sisters twin boy, daughter and in march this year, her 4th
kid untill xmas 2006. She won't see my grandmother again untill xmas 2006 and as things are going these days, there is a good chance my grandmother
won't make xmas 2006.
The list goes on and on. All because they keep a 30 year old woman for over 7 hours at a US airport, while she's just waiting for a connecting flight
to New Zealand, because she has big boobs.
Doesn't this sound a whee bit rediculous to ya'll??