Prospects dim for a return to the US
Each of us makes a personal evaluation of the hassles of traveling versus the benefits of a trip. I don't do any business in the US, so it was relatively easy for me to give up leisure visiting in the wake of 11th September. I still like the country, and the people, a lot, but why do they employ on immigration and security persons with the social skills of baboons? Why should I trust the judgment of someone who can't even write in cursive script and labouriously forms words in block capitals with all the skill of a six year-old? And I'm not removing my brogues for anyone. Damned impertinence. You deprive me of my hip-flask at your peril.
You will gather that the US-bound security and immigration process is one that is likely to engender anger and hostility in one such as myself. Particularly after having been deprived of a calming smoke for several hours.
Picking up a copy of 'New Scientist' on the train yesterday, I found a piece that makes the likelihood of my return to visiting the US even more remote. Homeland Security are developing a 'hostility detector' that analyses micro-expressions, gait, blood pressure, pulse and respiration rates; anyone passing a 'hostility threshold' can be pulled out for interrogation.
That would be me, I guess. Every time. Oh well.