Even if I get a cheap airline ticket to America I don’t think I’ll jump on the chance and go. Why? Despite the cheap airline ticket you ask? Yes, despite that. The long flight is the least of my problems because I can sleep for hours if I have to. What I’m scared of is the intense scrutiny some have to go through while going through security at the airport. I don’t have an American nationality, nor do I have a green card and I dread the extra security process that I’ll have to go through.
A friend of mine is a green card holder and she has to go to The States after every six months. Trust me; it’s not cheap for her. Even though she and her parents try their best to get cheap tickets, they have to save up a fair amount most of the year for their next American visit. It’s mandatory and they have to go whether they want to or not. They don’t want to lose their greencard, which is understandable.
It’s my friend who put all the fears in my mind. Every six months she has a new story to tell about the security issues at JFK. Sometimes its long hours at customs, and sometimes it’s the embarrassing security checks. Her most dreaded moment is the air machine that you have to walk through, it puffs air from underneath and your clothes flare up. Twice she noticed the security guards were lookingand laughing at her discomfort. She was sure they wereenjoying looking at something else as well.
I’ve heard other stories as well. Once a friend of a friend was detained at the airport and was forced to strip in-front of the security personals while his wife waited outside. Their flight left without them, and two hours later they found themselves buying another pair of cheap flight tickets for Dubai. They swore never to return to the States again!
Rather than welcoming citizens of other countries in to their country, they intimidate them. I for one do not want to go through that torture. I don’t care about the shopping or the friends and family waiting on the other side. I’d like to keep my dignity intact and not go through such degrading security