UAL747
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US Security, Currency Check? Strange...

Tue Nov 19, 2002 6:29 am

I recently boarded flight AA61, a 777 bound for FRA from DFW. Check-in was fine with no hassle, but once I reached the gate for boarding, there were police and security everywhere, and all down the jetway. They were pulling over EVERYONE and asking them questions. They said it was a currency check. They asked me how much money I was carrying, and what forms I had it in. I told the officer I wasn't carrying any cash or travelers checks, just credit cards. She looked at me funny, and pulled me into a room that was connected to the upper part of the jetway. She then began to ask my why I wasn't carrying any money, and what exactly was I going to be doing in FRA. She asked me if I was coming back to the US, and when. She wanted to know where I was staying and who I was staying with. It seemed to be more than just a currency check.

Well, we boarded the flight, and I had a seat in 12A. Then some officers came on board and escorted a man off for questioning. The man travelling next to me showed up in his seat 12B and we started talking about the currency check. He said that he passed by the same room I was in and saw a man. He said he paused for a moment and glanced inside and the officer told him that he needed to move on because he "didn't want to hear this..." (referring to the man inside the room).

Then we were delayed for quite some time, but after everything, we took off for Frankfurt, without the man they escorted off the plane.

What the hell was going on? Seems a little much for a currency check. I mean, really...asking everyone about their money?

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fly_emirates
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RE: US Security, Currency Check? Strange...

Tue Nov 19, 2002 6:35 am

that seems strange to me! i mean last summer i was visiting my parents in the USA, and i had $1000 in my pocket when i was going back, no body asked me any question about the currency. However, i was randomly checked at the gate while boarding, they pulled me aside and searched me all over, that was ok, but no one asked me what i was carriying.
 
triley1057
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RE: US Security, Currency Check? Strange...

Tue Nov 19, 2002 7:04 am

About 2 years ago I was on a Continental flight from LGW to IAH. After arriving at IAH, the customs officer asked if I was carrying over $10,000 in cash in any currency on me. It had been a long flight and I said, "I wish." He didn't see my sense of humor and pulled me aside and searched all my belongings. I have encountered these questions before but not to the extent that you recently experienced.
 
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RE: US Security, Currency Check? Strange...

Tue Nov 19, 2002 7:10 am

US Law requires that all passengers declare any currency in excess of $10,000 in cash or negotiable instruments being exported or imported. These currency checks are rare, but they do happen periodically and are nothing particularly to be concerned about. They probably had a tip about a drug courier carrying some large quantities on the flight and were trying to crack down on that.
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RE: US Security, Currency Check? Strange...

Tue Nov 19, 2002 8:07 am

You do not have to answer these questions, they are ILLEGAL to ask, and a stupid measure. Obviously created by the usual people who know nothing about Safety and security so typical for the USA nowadays.
I can assure all of you that I can bring a knife into any plane in any US Airport if I wanted to do such a thing, which is ,of course, not the case.
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RE: US Security, Currency Check? Strange...

Tue Nov 19, 2002 8:19 am

Same thing happened to me. I was flying Goupo Taca from IAH-BZE, and there were U.S. Customs Officers all throughout the jetway asking questions and searching people's belongings. This was in August 2001. The Customs Service is tasked with enforces hundreds of laws. Best just tell them what they want to hear and they'll leave you alone.
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RE: US Security, Currency Check? Strange...

Tue Nov 19, 2002 9:40 am

You do not have to answer these questions, they are ILLEGAL to ask, and a stupid measure. Obviously created by the usual people who know nothing about Safety and security so typical for the USA nowadays.


There is absolutely no security aspect involved here. These are CUSTOMS officers enforcing CUSTOMS regulations regarding the export of currency. Yes, you DO have to answer them, or you can always exercise your right to not fly that day.
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