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So i just booked a flight to the US - the ESTA

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posted on Mar, 26 2012 @ 07:31 PM
Velcome to ze New Amerika comrad ve hope you enjoy your stay...

posted on Mar, 26 2012 @ 07:36 PM

Originally posted by FissionSurplus
Well, you could always travel to northern Baja California, Mexico, and then simply walk over into Cali. People do it all the time and it doesn't cost them a dime, and they aren't hassled by the cops, either.

Do white skinned people get hassled if they walk over . although many Mexicans are actually white skinned. So would this plan of your work ? what type of crossing is it .
Is the US even a safe country to travel too .
Freaked the hell out of me travelling there a few years back.

I just have this really bad impression of the USA from my childhood and that was a long time ago now.

Strange that I should have feared it back then. That was era you were supposed to be more free and civil , except ypou were murdering your students on campus back then and your presidents and your black people ,
No wonder I had a fear of the US as a violent crazy country thats not safe .

posted on Mar, 26 2012 @ 08:05 PM
reply to post by maestromason

you are on a public forum hon. So if you don't want to hear it, stop talking like a cheap car salesman and trying to convince people who already have their trip booked, that they need to go somewhere else.

Someone get kickbacks if they sign friends up?

posted on Mar, 26 2012 @ 10:03 PM

Originally posted by Biigs
The ESTA is Electronic System for Travel Authorization, this replaces the information you have to fill out on the plane over (which was not a big deal).

This new system is all online, i have to input all kinda of information (i didnt even have these questions on my driving license application!). It was very complicated and confusing process that left me feeling like im about to have my life history rummaged through quite carefully, i found it all a bit offensive frankly.

Oh and the fun part even thought they already have any info they want from the UK, where im a citezen, i had to pay 14 bucks for the pleasure!!

Do you even WANT ANYONE in your loverly land, ever?

Im only going to stay with some friends for a week, why does it cost me 14 bucks to prove to them with the info they already have that im just a guy and not a threat in anyway.

Ive never been arrested for anything and ive never done anything major wrong morally in my life and i feel worried that the USA will find out i pulled a girls hair in school once and refuse my entry (and ripping up my plane tickets)!!!!!!!!

I dont want to be stabbed or raped or used for drugs as much as the next guy, but Americas got more stuff (including guns everywhere) to be afraid of, its almost funny that someone like me with my history is still feeling so self conscious.

Well i just wanted to bring that up as somone whos traveled to the US twice before ('98, '08) and this time its just insane, even if i do get all the way in the TSA is STILL going to touch up my body and fire xrays through me.

I hope i have a bloody nice time in CA to make up for it!


edit on 26-3-2012 by Biigs because: (no reason given)

Unfortunately the US has, in many ways, lost some of its prior glory due to government bureaucracy. Try to not take it personally... even those of us who have served this country honorably are treated in a marginal fashion.

For what it's worth, WELCOME... I truly hope you enjoy your stay and come to understand that not all Americans are as bad as often portrayed by the media, etc.

Part of the beauty of the United States is its diversity of cultures and landscape. Those of us who have spent time traveling the country know firsthand how mind boggling the experience can be. From the glitter of California to big city NYC, and the countless national parks scattered in between, one can literally spend a lifetime exploring and never come out bored.

posted on Mar, 26 2012 @ 10:13 PM
I've flown internationally a number of times since the TSA and all the other nonsense. Last time was about a year ago. I honestly think people make a little too much out of it. I've never been much of hassle for me. Sure they ask you a bunch of dumb questions, fondle you and what not but if you got nothing to hide and a nice package, who's it hurting? Jk btw. I still think people are all in an uproar over small things but I'm glad you all are because I believe we should still be able to move about freely however we choose.

Hope you have a good time here in Cali once you make it past those lovely TSA employees who were not all hired at a job fair in Compton (sarcasm). Stay safe from all the smug and smog. Oh yes, and stay away from Badidlyboing, Oda-Idaho.

posted on Mar, 26 2012 @ 10:37 PM
thanks everyone for your replies.

I thought having been before at 5 and 10 year intervals i would just like to point out how intrusive your country is to its paying and willing tourists, before we even take off.

Im not scared of the USA what so ever and ive had nothing but fond memories, but wow you guys do not make it easy for a genuine random passenger to come and explore your huge and wide country, filled with 99% genuinely perfectly reasonable and kind people.

the line has to be drawn somewhere, but really, all these measures?

Ive got nothing to hide, but with such a strict (and i do mean strict) order of business when it comes to travel security and home land security you make everyone not only nervous but fearful and im not talking terrorists!

I will have a great time, im in great hands and ive got alot of plans for enjoying that coast, fingers crossed everything runs good, in a month or two when im back i will repost my experiences if you would like.

Peace guys


posted on Mar, 26 2012 @ 10:44 PM
reply to post by Biigs

You ripped the hair out of a little girls head!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are one dangerous Hombre! We can't have hair rippers around here.

You seem worried over nothing. Reading here too much perhaps?

I'm sure you will have a great time in California. I'd like to go myself. I still have a snow mountain in my front yard that is over the top of our five foot, ten inch lamp at the front of the driveway. I'm envious. Have a good time.
edit on 3/26/2012 by Blaine91555 because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 1 2012 @ 09:04 AM
So I'm back from California.

I have faced (1) UK exit customs, (2) US entrance immigration customs then on leaving, the (3) US exit customs and (4) UK entrance immigration customs.

Exactly what happened:
1. Put bag and pocket contents into a tray, shoes left on, walked through metal detector. No issues 15 mins total.
2. Had my finger prints taken (both hands, all digits) 20 minutes overal, photo taken, asked questions about my visit, handing my visa waver (odd since i had to fill in the ESTA already), proceed to baggage claim got pulled to one side by an under cover customs officer who asked the same questions plus what was in my suitcase for another 5 mins, proceed to another check point asked the same questions and was allowed to leave to arrivals lounge. total 35 mins.
3. Shoes, pocket contents and bag in trays scanned separately, walked through metal detector, no issues. total 5 mins.
4. Showed passport, 5 mins.

all times include cues waiting time.
Overall, actually pretty damned good and fast!

No patting down, nothing intrusive no body scans.

I'm a white adult male traveling alone, no criminal record, never been arrested, so presumably still high priority compared to family's etc.

Faster and much more polite and not evasive. It seems the worst things about going to the USA were the ESTA questions and fee also the finger prints and photos, plus multi sessions of questioning.

I was worried about being probed to the n'th degree about my visit and made to feel guilty before proven innocent and while i was anxious about all this (even though i have nothing at all to hide) would make it a bad experience, when in reality it was a breeze.

Next time i travel to the states i think i will be far more relaxed and i think its worth mentioning that the measures taken and ease that i passed through, did in fact make me feel safer over being threatened and violated.


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