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Old 27th July 2008, 06:15 AM   #31
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By the way, the surveillance cameras aren't any denser at the UK border compared to other countries. They're dense inside the UK, but at that point, it's not about protecting borders, which is MAN Flyer's point.
That's because there is no need to protect the borders: None of the EU countries will attack GB or release hordes of immigrants across the channel
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Old 27th July 2008, 06:55 AM   #32
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That's because there is no need to protect the borders: None of the EU countries will attack GB or release hordes of immigrants across the channel
So your "original" "point" about the density of surveillance cameras within the UK was relevant because ...
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Old 27th July 2008, 11:53 AM   #33
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I rememberd my bag wasn't searched when I arrived in SYD on SQ221 in March. The only thing I was irritated with was the queue. My friends who picked me up were surprised that I was out that fast. Prob about 30mins. I hold a Singapore Passport and it was my first visit to Australia.
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Old 27th July 2008, 09:00 PM   #34
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Come to think of it, I never had a problem with immigrations and customs in SYD for my flights in the past 12 months. I was home in 30 mins after touchdown on Thursday. The previous trip, I was home in an hour (the taxi rank is horrible in the morning)
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Old 28th July 2008, 08:55 PM   #35
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IME it's a GOOD thing when one of the roving inspectors talks to you...

Every time I've been approached by one it has resulted in being directed - once bags were retrieved - to go to "that" Customs lane.. which was the Exit!

Some sort of "rapid clearance" for folks who fit the "no worries" profile??? I dunno... but whatever it is I like it!

AQIS (Australian Quarantine Inspection Service) has a tough job.. as already alluded to Australias isolation has left us free of many pests (both flora and fauna) and diseases endemic to many parts of the world.... I'll happily put up with having my boots washed (as has happened once) and other minor inconveniences if it helps keep that the case....

Haven't had any bad experiences with Customs or Quarantine coming back in.. but then I've never had a "bad" experience entering the USA OR dealing with the TSA.. and I travel with "restricted goods" quite often (I'm a target shooter and travel to comps)... nor have I had a bad expereince in Asian airports... (or NZ which some folks complain about too)

I approach everyone with a smile and a greeting.. and check the particular local rules before I travel.... Think THAT might have something to do with "no bad experiences"?

No offence.. (and it probably doesn't apply to many folks here).. but from what I've seen problems at Customs/Quarantine really do seem to be generally self inflicted...
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Old 29th July 2008, 02:30 AM   #36
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I approach everyone with a smile and a greeting.. and check the particular local rules before I travel.... Think THAT might have something to do with "no bad experiences"?

No offence.. (and it probably doesn't apply to many folks here).. but from what I've seen problems at Customs/Quarantine really do seem to be generally self inflicted...
Oh that must be it, we can see where we've been going wrong now.

Do you think I should wear something other than my 'F*ck of Aussies' t-shirt next time then ?.
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Old 29th July 2008, 02:56 AM   #37
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Do you think I should wear something other than my 'F*ck of Aussies' t-shirt next time then ?.
One missing letter but such a big difference in meaning!
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Old 29th July 2008, 05:45 AM   #38
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One missing letter but such a big difference in meaning!
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Old 29th July 2008, 05:46 AM   #39
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Would that be letter 'a'?

Well, that's how they pronounce it.

Just imagine if someone wore a t-shirt with that slogan. I think it will be a definite route to...
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Old 29th July 2008, 08:06 AM   #40
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Just imagine if someone wore a t-shirt with that slogan.
There are some things you shouldn't do while travelling

-insulting any of the countries you are passing (people can get quite offended by that )
-screaming "it's gonna blow!!!" on an airport (dunno... somehow most security guards don't get that joke )
-getting drunk and attacking the FA with an empty Vodka bottle
-trying to open a door at FL 360 (doesn't work anyway unless you can pull the equivalent of 10 tons )
-calling the security guys 'nazis'

However if you manage to do such a thing you're sure to get on tellie& the newspaper
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IME it's a GOOD thing when one of the roving inspectors talks to you...
The one that approached me last Thursday was hot!

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Oh that must be it, we can see where we've been going wrong now.

Do you think I should wear something other than my 'F*ck of Aussies' t-shirt next time then ?.
I got stopped in MEL for wearing my "No FCUKing Worries" T-shirt.
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I got stopped in MEL for wearing my "No FCUKing Worries" T-shirt.
....and what did he/she said to you? Any reference made to the t-shirt?
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Old 29th July 2008, 04:52 PM   #43
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....and what did he/she said to you? Any reference made to the t-shirt?
Reminds me of this story from earlier this year!
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Old 29th July 2008, 06:44 PM   #44
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Reminds me of this story from earlier this year!

Unbelievable BAA tw*ts
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Old 29th July 2008, 06:57 PM   #45
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....and what did he/she said to you? Any reference made to the t-shirt?
She said the words on the shirt were very vulgar and were very inappropriate. I asked to see her supervisor who noticed the brand name the moment he saw the shirt and promptly apologized
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