Pal, I do not recall myself mentioning anything along the lines of, "all Asian countries are the same". Don't get where you're getting that from. What I meant was, people of colour such as Indians, Sri Lankans, Africans, etc, are far better off in the US or here in Canada than anywhere in Asia. That isn't a generalization, it is simply how it is. There is a lot of discrimination against Indian, Pakistani, and Sri Lankan individuals in countries such as UAE, Singapore, Indonesia, etc. Oftentimes those people are permanently stuck at the very bottom in their jobs and careers. Just a quick search on Google reveals a not so pretty picture regarding race relations in your region. I haven't even touched on other subjects such as interracial relationships and marriages. And I actually have done a significant amount of research on this matter in the past.
Further, US remains the country most people want to settle in, followed closely by other highly developed nations like Canada. I would expect far more hate crime in Europe and North America than in Singapore simply because, the local laws in Singapore are so strict that most people are reluctant to break them. There is hardly any personal freedom in many Asian countries (not in all countries though). Hate crime is definatly wrong! But so are the overly strict and abusive laws. I would still rather transit in US or here in Canada than in most other places in the world. But it is only my opinion. Asia is wonderful to visit though.
I find it somewhat irrational and overly picky when some say things along the lines of "I avoid country X because it has unpleasant airports or staff". No wonder why so many people are miserable these days, especially when they fly. I never expect red carpet treatment anywhere I visit. I had my Canada passport thrown at me at SVO
, the immigration officers at the airport were rude, however, I would still return to Moscow or transit through SVO
. Russia is a fascinating country and the hassle of obtaining a visa or transiting at their airports will not deter me from coming again.
If European or Asian airport are so wonderful, how come each time I transit in Europe (arriving from US/Canada), my carry on luggage is almost always thoroughly checked before I board an intra European flight? Do you know how inconvenient it is to have your carry on luggage being turned inside out (and then having to repack it) at the security check point when there are hundreds of other people lined up all rushing to get out as soon as possible? I very rarely had such problems in the US or here in Canada.
What I find strange is how in the past 10+ years not once have I had any unpleasant experiences in the US. Not once have I waited for more than 20-25 min in line inside the immigration hall. I suspect some individuals already arrive with their baggage and hostility against CBP
officers right from the start... I can sense it in this thread. You create what you fear. Some of my best airport experiences were at DFW
, and CDG
was not bad either, concourse F is quite nice. I never avoid transiting in the US, only if it is more expensive to transit there than elsewhere. Apparently, plenty of people are obtaining visas in order to be able transfer in US. It does not stop them.
I get it, the system isn't perfect and could certainly use some improvement, but it is not as bad as what some of you describe in this thread.
Here Canada when I arrive at YVR
, etc, I almost always get questioned about the purpose and duration of my travel, what I purchased abroad, what I do for a living, etc. Such questions are necessary in order to verify the identity of the person trying to enter the country. Human and drug trafficking is rampant in a lot of places around the globe. We need to protect our borders and people.
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I do know that no US citizen will need 2 hours + to pass immigration in Iceland when all his papers are okay
International passengers being processed for two hours at US airports? Most passengers are processed in under 5 minutes, unless what you meant was that they have to wait in line for up 2 hours before being processed. But isn't it wrong to compare smaller Euro airports such as KEF
is much, much busier. I think US airports might be somewhat understaffed though, which results in long immigration lines.
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