Man uses iPad to Gain Entry to the U.S.
Martin Reisch said Tuesday a slightly annoyed U.S. border officer let him cross into the United States from Quebec after he presented a scanned copy of his passport on his Apple iPad. Reisch was a half hour from the border when he decided to try to gain entry rather than turn back and make a two-hour trek back home to Montreal to fetch his passport.
“There was a slight hesitation, he didn’t really seem like he was impressed,” Reisch told the CBC.
But he was eventually waved through — and Reisch successfully used the same method to cross back into Canada.
“(The Canadian guard) was a really young guy. We had a cool chat about iPhones and technology. He was really interested and didn’t make a big deal that he was letting me through,’ Reisch said.”
Until 2009, Canadian citizens only needed to show a drivers’ license to cross the U.S. border. In a statement provided to the CBC, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency confirmed that its policy is to not accept scanned images of passports.
That was pretty stupid. Both the U.S. and Canadian customs officials should be relieved of their duties. Do you know just how easy it is to alter a scanned image? It’s funny how Canadians have to show their passport, Mexicans just come across.