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Q: Do you enjoy international travel?

I am done/finished with international travel. In 2017 to today, I have been to just 4 international airports, Guangzhou, Bangkok, Shanghai and Vancouver. every one of them was very unpleasant. The security I am sure is a good thing, the line-ups are a disgrace to all. worry more about my lighter than anything else it seems

(China only - Thailand and Canada seem to have relaxed this goofy thing).

do not recall ever having anybody check my baggage pick-up ticket. had one luggage handle thing destroyed. stood in way more flipping security/customs/bomb inspection line-ups and 2-3-4 different levels of inspection.

 

As of TODAY, I am staying home forever.....  no more airports......EVER  ...  happy to be HOME, in China. .Many hours in many line-ups, never again.

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so much for my lying bullshit self...  hust booked a flight to shanhai, osaka, guangzhou.....zhanjiang  ....  horse races in Japan...yipeeeeeeeee

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I said the same: 'No more stinky Airports!' and I rather travel by bus or train, when that is possible.

I just hate 'all forbidden items and other BS' you get before you sit onto the plane seat.

 

My last Airport:

 

I had to go on visa run to Turkey and further to Bulgaria. Plane took off at 4 AM (one flight a day) and I came there at 1 AM and fell asleep. I woke-up at 6 AM (so, I was really exhausted ), and missed the whole shebang.

Return to the Airport lobby and get new flight for 3 times higher price of original one.

Finally, I am happily in Istanbul and travel by night bus to Sofia.

 

On visa run, you'll always get some 'rain at sunny', so my 'present rain' is 'only Bulgarian citizens can get Russian visa in Sofia ...'.

Visa didn't get denied, I just don't qualify 'cause  of terrorist treats!

They changed the whole matter because of that, my Russian contact told me today fresh of the FSB (Ruski Internal Police).

 

Now, I need new Invitation letter and that will take around 20-days ....

 

First thingy at the Airport was 'luggage allowance of 1 piece not heavier than 8 kg', so I don't have anything with me, but few most necessary things for short stay. I don't have small scissors to cut my nails .... MFs!

 

Tell me now about 'no-more-travel' .....surprise

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Egggsactly.  We humans have ruined it for ourselves.  Now I am old enough to remember when it was a nice experience and a big deal to fly from JFK to Heathrow on Pan Am or TWA but ever since I guess 9/11 we have ruined it for ourselves.  There is some weird saying about how if criminals make you change your lifestyle too much, they have won.  US had the biggest, stupdest, pain-in-the-ass thing,,, take off your shoes!  FFS, we turned over our last bit of freedom because we were scared,,,, bullshit,,, some mthrfkr wants to kill,,, he's gonna kill,,, take away his bomb, he''ll get a gun,, take away his gun he'll get a blade, take away the blade he'll get a bat, take away the bat he'll run ya down with a lorry.   I say Fk security!  assholes in HKIA taking away my shave cream,,, yeah, can't u tell I'm a fkn terrorist!

You are right, we managed to make international travel just a big pain-in-the-ass, what with visas, invite letters, airport security, and just the cattle-car feel of air travel these days.  Took one of the best things humanity had and reduced it (willingly) to one of the worst.

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Yeah,,, Luccheses makes one solid boot. Still top-of-the-line down in South Texas ~

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Welcome home BHGAL Smile

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I usally dont mind the airports...its the 13 hour flights that suck. I can't sleep on an airplane so it's just hell.

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thx BH. yeah,, haha,,, how do u convince someone that there was time when international air travel was a big deal and was treated like it was a special event. There was just a different mentality regarding the whole affair..... oh well,,,,

 

....time passages in the fading light,,,, oh oh oh,,time passages...buy me ticket on the last train home tonight....

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You're lucky in China with G-train. You sit-down on your seat 15' before the departure (with all necessary items in your luggage) and go ... 

 

Beside all manure you'll experience by taking the flight, G-train is faster than traveling by plane if you count all requirements ...(45' before dept. check-in doors are closed ...) you have when you take a flight.

 

1000 km in 4 hours by G-train .... Same distance by plane takes much longer, if you include when you must leave your home ... to get to the Airport 2 h ahead of the departure.

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agree 77. G-Train rox! Pay a bit extra for First-class and it can be as pleasurable an experience as traveling can ever be. If you play it right you can get one of the Singles at the end of the car. Those are nice! Bring yourself some noise-cancelling headphones, eye-shades, a couple of bottles of water and a snack and then it can really be as close to pleasant as is possible. And like you said, removing the hassle factor puts it in very serious competition with flying.  Personally for anywhere under about 6-hours I would just as soon take the G.

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so much for my lying bullshit self...  hust booked a flight to shanhai, osaka, guangzhou.....zhanjiang  ....  horse races in Japan...yipeeeeeeeee

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Audio books make traveling mostly enjoyable for me. Waiting in an airport for 5 hours used to drive me crazy until I started listening to them.

 

Put a few of those on your music player and catch up on your reading.

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ZeroHedge-rs are reading Bghal's thread :

 

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-01-14/customs-and-border-protection-...

 

Customs And Border Protection Clarifies: You Have No Rights While Traveling

 

 

The government is like a poorly trained dog. If you let one bad behavior go, it just escalates until they bite.

The government has been searching electronics like cell phones and laptops at the border since early in the Bush administration. But because the 9/11 attacks were fresh, and because the practice was not widespread, it went largely unnoticed.

Fast forward to fiscal year 2015 and the Customs and Border Protection searched 8,503 airline passengers’ electronic devices. In FY 2016 they searched 19,033. And in FY 2017 CBP searched the devices of 30,200 travelers.

The CBP obtained no warrants for these searches. Many people searched were foreign travelers to the U.S. but last year over 6,000 were American citizens.

In response to growing complaints Customs and Border Protection revised their policy. Last week they issued a new directive. But in some ways, it is worse.

For starters, their guidance claims the authority to search a traveler’s electronic devices “with or without suspicion.”

The guidance now claims passengers are “obligated” to turn over their devices as well as passcodes for examination. If they fail to do so, agents can seize the device.

That is all considered a “basic search.” Agents must have suspicion in order to conduct an “advanced search.” This includes copying information from devices, or analyzing them with other equipment.

Finally, CBP agents can not “intentionally” search information stored on the cloud, versus on the device’s hard drive.

What this means:

It actually adds insult to injury that the new guidance starts: “CBP will protect the rights of individuals against unreasonable search and seizure and ensure privacy protection while accomplishing its enforcement mission.”

Nothing could be further from the truth. This is clearly a violation of the Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure. This violates the privacy of everyone searched.

Then they demand you forgo your Fifth Amendment rights against self incrimination. If you refuse to give out your password, they further violate the Fourth Amendment by seizing your device.

CBP agents are human. There is no inherent reason that they can be trusted with information like passwords. There is no reason why passengers should have to trust that their copied information will actually be destroyed according to CBP policy.

There is no legal justification to threaten the contacts and sensitive information that journalists might be transporting. This further adds First Amendment concerns to this intrusive policy. It could easily be used to chill free speech and freedom of the press.

Luckily there is a lawsuit in the works challenging this policy, but a ruling cannot happen quick enough.

In the meantime, prepare carefully for international travel. You may even want to travel only with “burner” devices; meaning you don’t mind if they are confiscated for refusing an unconstitutional search.

No word on shaving cream ....

 

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