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Mistake: do not speak unless spoken to.
A new report from a government watchdog criticized the Drug Enforcement Administration for working with a Transportation Security Administration security screener to flag bags containing large sums of cash, which the drug agency could then take.
According to the investigation from the Department of Justice’s inspector general released earlier this month, the TSA agent was registered with the DEA as a paid confidential source.
The inspector general’s report said that the TSA security screener working with the DEA to identify luggage with large sums of cash was promised a reward based on the amount of money seized.
After a flight to LAX in Business via upgrade I was off the plane early, I tried to wait for my friend who was in economy but was yelled at to get in a very long line.
They were processing one passenger every 5minutes on average, complete incompetence. We finally worked our way to the front of the line and a white supervisor type lady came along and asked us what flight we were from, we answered and she said “But you landed 3 hours ago, you should be gone by now!” Tell us something we don’t know.
She started shouting orders in Spanish and suddenly the line started moving and I got to the immigration lady. The conversation went something like this –
Officer: Travelling alone?
Me: No, I am with a friend.
Officer: Where are they?
Me: No idea
Officer: Why Not?
Me: I was not allowed to find him as I was in business class and he was in economy
Officer: Oh, How long areyou here for?
Me: 81 days
Officer: You know you can’t stay over 90 days on a Tourist visa?
Me: That’s why I am only staying for 81 days
Officer: How much cash have you got with you?
Officer: You know you can’t bring more than $10000 cash into the USA?
Me: That’s why I only bought $9750
Officer: Why do you have so much cash?
Me: Because I am staying for 81 days!!
Don’t these people listen to the answers provided?
Anyway finally got admitted after she took 3 goes to do a fingerprint scan and went into the luggage area to see my friend collecting his luggage and starting the customs line.
So much for being amongst the first off...
The next trip a year or so later, same flight, business again, but just a 2 minute wait and straight in...