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    • MSE Luke
    • By MSE Luke 1st Apr 16, 4:02 PM
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    MSE News: US border agency blunder ruins holidays and costs British tourists £100s
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    MSE News: US border agency blunder ruins holidays and costs British tourists £100s 1st Apr 16 at 4:02 PM
    Holidaymakers have had to cancel holidays and pay for new passports after their travel documents were mistakenly revoked...
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    • richardw
    • By richardw 1st Apr 16, 4:45 PM
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    ......please delete.
    Last edited by richardw; 01-04-2016 at 8:47 PM.
    Posts are not advice and must not be relied upon.
    • PeacefulWaters
    • By PeacefulWaters 1st Apr 16, 5:08 PM
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    I got a new chipped passport and ESTA linked to it in February.

    Received a cancellation email with no reference number on it this morning.

    I assume this relates to the ESTA linked to my old passport. Hopefully!
    • alanrowell
    • By alanrowell 1st Apr 16, 5:47 PM
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    • 1st Apr 16, 5:47 PM
    Call Border Control in Washington DC 0012023443710

    Been known about since the 23rd March, seem to recall it was mentioned here
    • agrinnall
    • By agrinnall 1st Apr 16, 6:45 PM
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    Been known about since the 23rd March, seem to recall it was mentioned here
    Originally posted by alanrowell
    Yes, typical MSE late to the party, 38 post thread started on 23rd March here http://forums.moneysavingexpert.com/showthread.php?t=5435338
    • MABLE
    • By MABLE 2nd Apr 16, 8:28 AM
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    • 2nd Apr 16, 8:28 AM
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    I must say the rudest border agency staff are at JFK Newyork.
    • duchy
    • By duchy 2nd Apr 16, 10:55 AM
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    • 2nd Apr 16, 10:55 AM
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    • 2nd Apr 16, 10:55 AM
    I must say the rudest border agency staff are at JFK Newyork.
    Originally posted by MABLE
    Where else have you flown into ?

    I'm guessing not Miami !!


    I've always found US immigration to be OK - a bit short at times but they do the job efficiently and have ranged from formal to chatty. I'm not looking for a warm fuzzy experience from them though.

    Even when I had the old green portion still in my passport from a previous trip (supposed to be handed in at exit but airline forgot to pull it) the scolding was mild .


    Can't believe MSE are posting this a new news and not linking to the original thread.
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    • littlereddevil
    • By littlereddevil 2nd Apr 16, 11:00 AM
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    [QUOTE=duchy;70427901]Where else have you flown into ?

    I'm guessing not Miami !!



    Oops I am flying into Miami next week!
    travelover
    • DUKE
    • By DUKE 2nd Apr 16, 2:14 PM
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    • 2nd Apr 16, 2:14 PM
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    • 2nd Apr 16, 2:14 PM
    NOOOOOOOOO anywhere but Miami!
    Thanks everyone!
    • duchy
    • By duchy 2nd Apr 16, 2:30 PM
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    [QUOTE=littlereddevil;70427941]
    Where else have you flown into ?

    I'm guessing not Miami !!



    Oops I am flying into Miami next week!
    Originally posted by duchy

    Ooops
    They tend to be more "abrasive" there as it's a Mexico/Carribean/South America gateway with the attendant immigration/drugs issues. It's also incredibly busy and queues tend to be long.
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    • phatbear
    • By phatbear 2nd Apr 16, 2:41 PM
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    I've always found US immigration to be OK - a bit short at times but they do the job efficiently and have ranged from formal to chatty. I'm not looking for a warm fuzzy experience from them though.
    Originally posted by duchy
    5 years ago flying into san francisco the immigration officer was so chatty he forgot to stamp my passport
    Live each day like its your last because one day you'll be right
    • DUKE
    • By DUKE 2nd Apr 16, 4:25 PM
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    [QUOTE=duchy;70429055]


    Ooops
    They tend to be more "abrasive" there as it's a Mexico/Carribean/South America gateway with the attendant immigration/drugs issues. It's also incredibly busy and queues tend to be long.
    Originally posted by littlereddevil
    Or more paranoid & on a massive power trip.

    Just don't step out of line, or speak, & you'll be OK littlereddevil, oh & expect a jolly good patting down.
    Thanks everyone!
    • brewerdave
    • By brewerdave 2nd Apr 16, 4:50 PM
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    ...Perhaps our Border oficials should send a few US visitiors home ? Tit for tat and all that ......... I'm sure Putin would.
    • John259
    • By John259 2nd Apr 16, 5:49 PM
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    In my experience the US immigration officers vary enormously. Some of them make Joffrey Baratheon look like a saint, but others are perfectly ok. I haven't really detected any pattern at different airports.
    "Such an enormous country, you realize when you cross it" - Jack Kerouac
    • VT82
    • By VT82 4th Apr 16, 9:12 AM
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    US Border staff are vile.

    OH was held for an hour with his 12 year old nephew at Orlando while I was waiting the other side of security with our luggage. Absolutely no reason to stop them. Guy was very rude. When OH said politely enough 'you're not creating the best first impression for the start of our dream holiday', he was told 'well, you don't have to come to our country'. You don't want to start you're holiday in such a foul mood because you want to do nothing but complain about disgusting border staff!

    And if that is any indication of how much on a power trip the US Border Authority is, no one affected by this ESTA issue is going to get so much as an apology, let alone any compensation.
    • PompeyPete
    • By PompeyPete 4th Apr 16, 9:27 AM
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    Can't say that I'm really looking forward to transiting Houston at the end of this month, on the way to a month of volcano spotting in Nicaragua.
    • EssexExile
    • By EssexExile 4th Apr 16, 9:38 AM
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    US Border staff are vile.
    Originally posted by VT82
    In nearly 40 years of going to The States I've never had a problem.
    Tall, dark & handsome. Well two out of three ain't bad.
    • duchy
    • By duchy 4th Apr 16, 9:48 AM
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    I've never had a bad experience either ....a bit grumpy or short sometimes but never rude and I must have made somewhere between twenty and thirty trips to the US. I tend to greet them with a smile and a cheery hello and they tend to want to just get me through as fast as possible which suits me. It actually surprises me that when travelling as a single woman on very frequent trips I've never got intensely questioned or selected for a secondary interview.

    Miami apart where passengers and immigration are both irritable because it's busy, badly designed and has long queues always I think there's no pattern. I've flown through just about every gateway airport except Charlotte and there's good and bad at all.
    Last edited by duchy; 04-04-2016 at 9:53 AM.
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    • duchy
    • By duchy 4th Apr 16, 9:56 AM
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    Actually there probably was a reason ....... He wasn't the child's parent so more questions tend to be asked.

    US Border staff are vile.

    OH was held for an hour with his 12 year old nephew at Orlando while I was waiting the other side of security with our luggage. Absolutely no reason to stop them. Guy was very rude. When OH said politely enough 'you're not creating the best first impression for the start of our dream holiday', he was told 'well, you don't have to come to our country'. You don't want to start you're holiday in such a foul mood because you want to do nothing but complain about disgusting border staff!

    And if that is any indication of how much on a power trip the US Border Authority is, no one affected by this ESTA issue is going to get so much as an apology, let alone any compensation.
    Originally posted by VT82
    I Would Rather Climb A Mountain Than Crawl Into A Hole

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    • Murphy_The_Cat
    • By Murphy_The_Cat 4th Apr 16, 10:23 AM
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    In nearly 40 years of going to The States I've never had a problem.
    Originally posted by EssexExile
    I'm only a 25 year newbie, but I've never had any issues either.

    p.s. unlike Mrs Cat you didn't want to leave her in flight fruit leftovers/peel/stones on the plane as litter and took it though customs/anything to declare/have you get any fruit and veg that we need to know about.
    They were a tad cross with her



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