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Old 06-26-2014, 08:55 PM   #11
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I've never had a problem, nor been asked to boot up anything, even at a US airport, and I travel internationally several times a year.
The turn-it-on check was normal in the hysteria immediately after 2001, but then faded away; I haven't seen it requested for years.
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Old 06-26-2014, 10:46 PM   #12
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They may not let you take the item unless you can at least prove it boots up and operates. I have had to put even my spare laptop battery in to prove what that was but that was long ago I do not fly anywhere if I can avoid it these days.

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Old 06-26-2014, 11:06 PM   #13
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Be nice Be honest

I've been a cop for 47 years. The border folks have a tough job. Just be honest and straightforward and they will respond accordingly. Sometimes you can run across someone having a bad day and will treat you in a less than reasonable way. It's because they are as human as we are. They want you to clear the border and you want to clear the border. Make it as easy on them as you can and it will be as easy on you as they can make it.
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Moral of the story: discharge batteries from all devices before you get to the border crossing.
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Originally Posted by tractors1
Moral of the story: discharge batteries from all devices before you get to the border crossing.

I don't understand this suggestion. If you have dead batteries, and if you don't have AC, or even if you do, you can't start up your device, which is what they are asking you to do. Please explain the concept of making life more difficult for them and for yourself.
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:41 PM   #16
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I've been a cop for 47 years. The border folks have a tough job. Just be honest and straightforward and they will respond accordingly. Sometimes you can run across someone having a bad day and will treat you in a less than reasonable way. It's because they are as human as we are. They want you to clear the border and you want to clear the border. Make it as easy on them as you can and it will be as easy on you as they can make it.

How true.

As a news photog I would often come in 'conflict' with authorities. At a fire scene I might be prevented from getting to a position I thought I needed to be to get the picture. And, if I wasn't a **** I might learn that if I went to that location, I would be under a high voltage line that might drop on me at any moment.
It may be that the authority you are having problems with is having a bad day, or it may be that he has information that you don't have.
And, doesn't work with border guards, but at a fire scene, I would just retreat and find another way in. The officer couldn't leave his position, and I couldn't hear him yelling at me. I really couldn't.
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Moral of the story: discharge batteries from all devices before you get to the border crossing.

I don't understand this suggestion. If you have dead batteries, and if you don't have AC, or even if you do, you can't start up your device, which is what they are asking you to do. Please explain the concept of making life more difficult for them and for yourself.
I myself just took took Charlie quote on the light side I don't think he was being serious. I agree 100% with you .
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Hoping a joke.
When traveling, I was advised to ensure that your laptop batteries were fully charged in case they asked you to turn them on. There isn't always AC nearby.
Had to empty my camera bag. Turn on cameras. Take all lens caps off so they could peer through the lenses.
Got a round of applause from a couple women in the line once when I dramatically removed my belt ( must have reminded them of a male stripper they'd seen ).
Did all that and then a PA announcement told me to return to the ticket booth. Office told me not to get on the plane but to head to Kimberly where three paramedics had died in an accident.
Rented the car I had just turned in and went back to work.
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The turn-it-on check was normal in the hysteria immediately after 2001, but then faded away; I haven't seen it requested for years.
That's about the right time frame. I was flying with a small CAD plotter. Turn it on I was told. I think the guy thought it was some kind of laptop. Can't turn it on and said it's a plotter, not a laptop. He said OK I'll have to look inside and rooted through a drawer and came up with a Phillips screwdriver

In a panic I pulled out some examples of the drawings that a plotter produces, gave everyone in earshot a quick lesson in CAD drawing. I was sweating because the plotter had to be in working condition in another city very soon. They relented and I made my flight with an intact plotter. Seems kind of funny now but I was sure sweating bullets at the time.

And you're right, the turn it on thing has kind of faded away now.

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I've been a cop for 47 years. The border folks have a tough job. Just be honest and straightforward and they will respond accordingly. Sometimes you can run across someone having a bad day and will treat you in a less than reasonable way. It's because they are as human as we are. They want you to clear the border and you want to clear the border. Make it as easy on them as you can and it will be as easy on you as they can make it.
I agree 100% and that is my approach at any border crossing or airport security. I've found honesty and friendliness to be the best approach, always. If you don't have anything to hide you won't have to try to hide anything.

So good to hear a cop chime in.
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