Last November I took a 30 Plus Teams Tour of Ottawa, Canada.
I mentioned in my post how much I liked going through Canadian Customs as opposed to United States Customs.
Now, when I mention customs , I’m not only talking about them.
I’m talking about you too, TSA.
I have no problem getting to JFK , Newark Liberty , Philadelphia International , and Las Vegas McCarron International Airports very early and basically taking off most of my clothes, rearranging my suitcase and dumping out liquids because this is the world we live in here in the United States basically since 9-11.
What bothers me more than anything is no matter if I’m coming home ftom Asia or Europe or doing a 30 Plus Teams Tour of somewhere in Canada , why do I dread going through United States Customs so much?
I understand that the hard working men and women of the United States Customs have a job to do, but is it a requirement on your resume for this job to be a complete douchebag and act like an asshole ?
Would it hurt so much to smile when you ask a tourust coming here for the first time , ‘How long will you be in the United States ? ‘
Or when you’re asked , ‘Do you have a place to stay while you’re in the country?’
Can’t you at least PRETEND to be friendly when you ask all of us, foreigners and Americans your 50 million questions ?
It’s not any of your business why I spend so much time in Malaysia , especially Kuala Lumpur .
If you must know, though, it’s because I worked with Malaysia Airlines and I just love that country and that city.
You could learn something from the Malaysian customs agents, who are mostly women in very beautiful navy uniforms and hijabs, who get you in and out of Malaysian customs quickly, asking the very same questions .
They do it with a smile , by the way .
I don’t feel like I’m a criminal or terrorist when I’m asked, “What’s the nature of your business in Kuala Lumpur ? ‘
Or when I tell a Canadian customs agent just why I’m in Canada.
They smile right away when I mention that I’m in the country for a hockey game and even make small talk.
Don’t ask me a question that insults my intelligence as an American by asking me, “If you ‘ re an American then what’s the capital of the United States ?”
Don’t laugh, I was actually asked this by a United States customs agent at Toronto Pearson Airport on my way back to Boston .
Being the smart ass New York gal that I am, I just had to be “that girl” and reply, “I was out of the country for 4 days. It was Washington DC when I left. Was it suddenly changed to Detroit while I was away?’
Needless to say, I also wanted to know who this jerk’s supervisor was.
I’m not sure if he was joking, but are you for real right now?
If I, as an American feel this way about United States Customs agents , I certainly understand why foreign tourists don’t want to come here .
I know you have a job to do, but really ladies and gentlemen , whether you know it or not, YOU are the first Americans that foreigners see, and it’s really not a good optic .
It’s downright embarrassing to be that rude not only to foreigners but Americans
returning home as well .
Can’t y’all make going through United States Customs a little bit more pleasant for all of us?