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Old 13.06.2018, 16:45
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Maybe I'm having a blonde day (sorry blondes). But I don't see why you would perceive this "stop and search" as being treated like a criminal.
Well, my feeling was due to the total lack of questions such as "what is the purpose of your trip?" "where did you come from?" "where do you work?" "have you got a family in Switzerland?" "where do you live?" "what's your profession?" "why are you crossing the border at this time of day/this often?".

It looked as if they had to meet a quota of people who are drug-tested, and I looked sufficiently dodgy for that.
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Old 13.06.2018, 17:10
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Because some/most of us are used to a thing called 'white privilege'? I'm sure the OP/many others wouldn't mind having this kind of treatment if it would be another person from for example Palestine, Eastern Europe, or any other conflict/suspect area...
Yeah, this "white privilege" thing in other people's country. It sure caused vicarious embarrassment for me many times.

Backfired on some in Niger though. Their outrageously arrogant behaviour lead to painstaking check-ups, I was treated like a queen, taken through on the fast lane and when I wanted to open my suitcase - like all the others - the guy just waved "leave it".

One time Lagos took bloody hours even before we had our luggage. When we finally had it with us the next guy showed up in front of us! By then I had rolled a cigarette and I spontaniously had an "exhaustion fit", whining "ahh, not again, I want to smoke a cigarette and I'm exhausted". The guy laughed, asked my husband "is this your wife?", had an other giggle and waved us through the exit (=no other "customs" had access to us either). Nigerians seem to love a little drama - and have you ever seen a Nigerian woman get what she wants? Heard, I should say. I must have been a dream-creature to this guy.
We happily brought in quite a bit of St. Gallen lace - a thing only the president's wife was allowed to do at the time.

Leaving Lagos is no easier. After a lot of bribing for spices we took along (which they shouldn't care about, the Europeans do after all but who wants to take Naira back to Europe anyway), we were almost boarding when an other one lifted his hand. By then I was so fed up with it all that I gave him a look that made him sit back down. ROFL. I was impressed by the effect myself, to be honest.

Borders belong to all kinds of countries and if I want to pass them, I have to adapt, that's my opinion. The only border I can get annoyed is "my own" when coming home as by the time I get to it, I usually have "Stalldrang". Sorry, don't know what that is in English but you know how headstrong a horse gets when it feels it's close back home to it's stable? Right. That's it.

I had many funny incidents at borders and if you travel outside of Europe, just don't hang your heart on "wordly goods". If you do return with all the stuff you originally packed - take it as a nice surprise.

If you want everything neat and proper and common like at home - why bother travelling?
Oh and by the way, when I drove a black MiniMetro van den Plas (YES! Such a thing existed!! LOL) on Swiss plates, I was taken apart each and every time in Dover! (That's England )
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Re: Stopped at the border for 40 minutes

When we flew this week to Poland and back, our 7 y.o.girl was swab tested both times (and we were 7 persons travelling), not the boys or adults.
Do they use lil' girls now to handle drugs or explosives? BTW the boys bought some firecrackers and she also played with them a few days before the travel, but fortunately didn't trigger any alarm :-)
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Do they use lil' girls now to handle drugs or explosives?
Sadly, yes.
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Old 13.06.2018, 22:34
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When we flew this week to Poland and back, our 7 y.o.girl was swab tested both times (and we were 7 persons travelling), not the boys or adults.
Do they use lil' girls now to handle drugs or explosives? BTW the boys bought some firecrackers and she also played with them a few days before the travel, but fortunately didn't trigger any alarm :-)
Some of those test are purely random. And if you had drug and explosives in your house she actually might have residues.

See also the culprits and motives of some of the earlier airline bomb attacks:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeli...ombing_attacks
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I trust you're aware that they won't put your car back together if the guard decided it's time to take a really really really close look.
happened to me once at basel (very suspicious circumstances so i'm not surprised) but they did put the car back together completely. took a long time though.

at the russia / finland border they don't put the car back together but there are 'businesses' there along the road specializing in putting cars back together for a fee proportional to the value of the car.

to be honest i'm stopped far more often by random police stops inside the country than at the border. the swiss side of the borders never seem to care much but the italians often ask random questions and try to be difficult for a minute or two before they get bored and let you go.
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