The Paranoia of the US Government
The Tax Hazards of a U.S. Passport
by P. T. Freeman
Recently, I returned to the United States for a family visit. Clearing U.S. Customs and Border Protection was easy, with just one question: “I see you’re born in the United States. Where’s your U.S. passport?”
When I explained that I no longer had a U.S. passport because I am no longer a U.S. citizen, the inspector looked at my multiple entry U.S. visa and admitted me. (If you have a passport from the Commonwealth of Dominica as I do, you may be eligible for a five-year or 10-year multiple entry U.S. visa).
The ease of entering the United States in this manner is typical. Rarely, if ever have I had a problem.
I can’t say the same for the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). It seems like I always have a problem there… or maybe they always have a problem with me.
Because I suffer from sleep apnea, I carry a small, portable Continuous Positive Air Pressure (CPAP) machine that enables me to breathe at night when I sleep. I never place this in my checked luggage to make certain I have it with me in case my bags are lost or stolen.
In the seven years I have used this device, I have travelled to dozens of different countries with it. This includes Russia, China, India, Vietnam, Singapore, Cuba, Colombia, Myanmar, Canada, the Caribbean, and several European countries. Typically, when I present my carry-on bag at the airport security station, the screener simply waves me through. Some screeners may look a little closer at their X-ray screen, but only once at Mexico City’s Airport, did a screener ask me what it was.