Post by the Omrud Post by J. P. Gilliver (John)
I gather they take your fingerprints on entry to the USA; I have
reservations about that, so may never go there. Or have I picked that up
wrong (as I often do things)?
Yes, they do, but they've been doing that for a long time, since the
tools became available. It's an electronic fingerprint thingy - you put
your fingers flat on a scanner for a couple of seconds. They also
photograph your face.
I'm pretty sure I've never had my prints taken and I've been on at
least 3 differnt visas. First I went as a student, on a special
student visa, via B.U.N.A.C in 1965, then on a seaman's pass, as
supernumary, when sailing as wife with Capt Ex (not Capt all the
times). I think the seaman visa is a B..some numbers...
Then we went over on a viewing trip so we could be sold a house in
Kissimmee. I vaguley recall the flight landed first in a NE state, we
overnighted and flew again to Orlando. Then a few times to stay..oh I
forgot one! Before we decided to buy a house, we house-swopped with
someone who had an apartment in Pensacola, Fla. We flew via Miami and
changed flights there, so must have been through landing procedures
there. I don't know what visa we had, us and two teen daughters, but
we stayed about 8 weeks, travelling around as well.
Then when we got the house we visited it, again with daughters and a
friend for each one, and at other times too. I think there would have
been some visa form we filled in on the plane. Probably that applied
the other times we flew with the kids too.
The last time I went was a few years ago and we flew to San Francisco
, travelled around, and back from Las Vegas. Again no finger-prints
were taken and I think it was a visa form filled in on the plane. I
think the worst moment was actually leaving from Las Vegas. Security
were very interested in us.
Post by the Omrud
There are many reasons not to visit the USA, but there are also many
reasons to go there. The people are courteous and polite and honestly
interested in Brits. The natural wonders on the west side of the
country are utterly, utterly astonishing. Driving in the West is a joy
because of largely empty roads and highly disciplined road users.
Very little of the preceeding paragraph applies to the monstrous
conurbations such as LA and New York, but the "smaller" western cities
including San Diego, Portland, Seattle and San Francisco are all a
delight to visit.