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Going To The US - Should I Shave?  
User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1936 times:

I am facing a dillemma right now : I am going on holidays to the US next week, and haven't shaved for a few days (6 so far today). I am conducting this stupid little experiment to see how long I can do without shaving (like those who see how long they can do without showering  Wink/being sarcastic but in a cleaner way. )

Problem is : would I have any problem going through TSA if I look like an unshaved terrorist ? In a better way to put it : should I shave before going there ?

707

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User currently offlineDavid b. From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 3148 posts, RR: 5
Reply 1, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1908 times:

Depends on what part of your body tou want to shave Big grin

Do you look like Saddam or OBL when unshaved?



Teenage-know-it-alls should be shot on sight
User currently offlineYyz717 From Canada, joined Sep 2001, 16370 posts, RR: 56
Reply 2, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1899 times:

You'll be fine if you travel on your Elbonian passport. Bearded Elbonians face no entry restrictions.


Panam, TWA, Ansett, Eastern.......AC next? Might be good for Canada.
User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 3, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1885 times:

I'm starting to look like Saddam, as a matter of fact. But since the real one has already been arrested...

The problem is I don't have an Elbonian passport, even though I live there. The only passport I have is unfortunately a French one.

707


User currently offlineCancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1877 times:

i'd say shave. it's not that hard a thing to do and it might help you avoid problems with customs on the way in, and stupid TSA on the way out.


"...cannot the kingdom of salvation take me home."
User currently offlineAWspicious From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1871 times:

Why don't you start your experiment after you return from holidays? ... Or, is that too simple an answer?

User currently offlinePhotopilot From Canada, joined Jul 2002, 2826 posts, RR: 18
Reply 6, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1866 times:

Shaving? My god, what a pagan custom. I stopped scraping my face with a steel blade almost 28 years ago. Sure makes mornings easier. Shampoo the hair, shampoo the face, towel dry, brush hair, brush face, out the door.

I would never consider going back to shaving.

Steve


User currently offlineUTA_flyinghigh From Tunisia, joined Oct 2001, 6495 posts, RR: 50
Reply 7, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1865 times:

Rhaa, let's remind ourselves that Mohammed Atta was clean-shaven.

UTA



Fly to live, live to fly - Air France/KLM Flying Blue Platinum, BMI Diamond Club Gold, Emirates Skywards
User currently offlineFSPilot747 From United States of America, joined Oct 1999, 3599 posts, RR: 12
Reply 8, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1860 times:

If it's just stubble, I doubt it'll matter.


FSP


User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 9, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1862 times:

Rhaa, let's remind ourselves that Mohammed Atta was clean-shaven.

Somehow, I don't really see myself saying that to the TSA !

707


User currently offline777236ER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1853 times:

A Frenchman mentioning a terrorist?!

You shall (les eaux) be spending a few nights in prison!


User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3682 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1849 times:

I suggest you don't shave and you shout "Long live Al Quaida" in the plane.

It will be the start of an interesting experiment which might end in a few years with a good knowledge of US jails.  Big grin


User currently offlineSSTjumbo From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1849 times:

If you do shave, the best thing you might do to look "friendly" is actually leave about 3" of sideburns (to the bottom of earlobes) on each side of your face. This is merely a suggestion, but I don't know of too many terrorists who look like that. Think Dwayne Johnson, i.e. The Rock ( Confused).

User currently offlineJhooper From United States of America, joined Dec 2001, 6206 posts, RR: 12
Reply 13, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1843 times:

I'd suggest shaving, personally. I know the 9/11 hijackers were clean-shaven, but all those images of UBL on TV instill a fear in the American people of Middle Eastern-looking people with beards. The more "clean cut" and "American" you look, the less problems you'll probably have. The immigration officers probably have enough sense to not single you out for that reason alone, but the average Joe on the street might be another story. I know, it's sad that I'm writing this, because I wish we weren't that way, but I believe it's the truth, from my perspective.


Last year 1,944 New Yorkers saw something and said something.
User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 14, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1837 times:

Okay, just to clarify, I am not middle Eastern looking. If you want to see what I look like, here is a picture where you can see me :


View Large View Medium
Click here for bigger photo!

Photo © William Ronciere



The beard was not very apparent that day...

707


User currently offlineSrbmod From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1837 times:

You should shave so you don't look like the typical "dirty Frenchman".  Wink/being sarcastic

User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 16, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1834 times:

Hey, one could wear a beard and still look clean ! Abraham Lincoln, for instance.

707


User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3682 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 1826 times:

Hey, one could wear a beard and still look clean ! Abraham Lincoln, for instance.

Was he a terrorist ??  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineKilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 1810 times:

The only problem : they may tell you that you are not looking the same as in your passport, and shave you off !!

Cheers. Kilavoud.


User currently offlineAa61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 19, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1760 times:

Just don't be the typical arrogant French guy... Big grin


Go big or go home
User currently offline707CMF From France, joined Mar 2002, 4885 posts, RR: 29
Reply 20, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 1745 times:

What you inferior American ?  Wink/being sarcastic

707


User currently offlineNoUFO From Germany, joined Apr 2001, 7966 posts, RR: 12
Reply 21, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 1727 times:

This thread really made my day!  Big thumbs up

The only problem : they may tell you that you are not looking the same

707CMF could draw a beard on the photo. If he does it properly, no one will notice.



I support the right to arm bears
User currently offlineFoxBravo From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 3008 posts, RR: 4
Reply 22, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 1697 times:

Honestly, I wouldn't worry about it. There are enough Americans with scruffy beards that I really don't think the TSA or Customs will care. If you had a scruffy beard AND were wearing a skullcap AND were waving a Saudi passport in one hand and a Koran in the other, maybe that would get their attention.  Smile But I don't think a beard in itself will cause any problems.

Bon voyage!



Common sense is not so common. -Voltaire
User currently offlineSlamClick From United States of America, joined Nov 2003, 10062 posts, RR: 68
Reply 23, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1692 times:

Want to have some fun? Carry a folding straight razor! Tell TSA you plan to shave on the plane.

Seriously, I think I would try to look as much as possible like the picture on my passport. Unless, of course, it is a black-and-white picture.

I'll resist the boorish American comment that if you want to persuade them that you really are French you should stop showering. (Oops, I was going to resist that.)

Enjoy your visit. I apologize for the bread. Enjoy some local wine, especially if you go to California.



Happiness is not seeing another trite Ste. Maarten photo all week long.
User currently offlineMidnightMike From United States of America, joined Mar 2003, 2892 posts, RR: 14
Reply 24, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1671 times:


Well, if you want to get laid, then you better shave.



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User currently offlineGo4EVA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 25, posted (10 years 9 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 1670 times:

This might help you:

http://www.folica.com/removal/panasonic_trimmer.htm  Smile


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