The real question is, is the story that the German TV
program reported correct? I think several people in this forum have given alternative notions of the "truth."
Regardless, any government has the right to deny access to those that they do not want to enter their country. Legally before you cross that yellow line at Frankfurt Airport, JFK
, Sydney or Heathrow you are in no-mans land. You are not entitled to legal representation, a phone call, access to financial funds, etc. All they have to do is turn you around and send you back to where you came. Incidentally, if someone tries to enter a country without the proper paperwork guess who has to pay for their return flight? The airline that brought them there. I can assure you that in addition to the seat costs the airlines must also pay a fine and any air carrier is going to minimise that risk.
This is called security. Today while transiting FRA
airport I went through two security screeners, was patted down twice, even though I didn't set any alarms off on the metal detector, and asked to remove my wallet and put it through the machine. In all my years of traveling, I have never been asked to take my wallet out. Did I think it was rational? Hell no. Did I have to put up with it so that I could board my flight? Hell yes. As I was cursing about German "security" as I walked down the jetway I thought about this conversation. And as perturbed as I was, I realised that this is a new way of life and if I want to fly, I better get used to it. Or not transit through Germany anymore, which I am seriously contemplating.
And the last point for the night, any country where you can speak a language that you understand and make 1.5 times more than in Europe doesn't sound bad to me. You may disagree with the American government, you may even dislike Americans. But you can't disagree with the ideals. Albeit we don't always live up to those ideals.
The US is my adopted country. I choose to live there. I am more American than most Yanks since instead of taking it for granted because I was born there, I made a decision. And they accepted me. I am American. Like the millions before me.
Those Turks that live in Germany will never be German. Those Algerians in Paris will never be French. But they can all be Americans.
(God bless America plays in the background).
it was a little cheeky but I hope you get my point.