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Discussion in 'Travel Security' started by Cage, Feb 9, 2011.
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Nice. Hope we see this program developed into more of a trusted traveler program (keep shoes on, etc)..
NEXUS member or not, with the exception of U.S.-bound flights, CATSA has not required shoe removal for several years now.
Now if they would keep the non-NEXUS people out of the NEXUS line. YYC is notorious for allowing people through.
Not following you Geo, where is there a Nexus line at YYC beside the entrance to US CBP.
I have never seen a Nexus security line at YYC. Of course there is a Nexus lane for US CBP and this lane doubles as the crew lane.
The only instances where the Nexus/Crew officer takes a regular Joe/Jane pax is when the Nexus/Crew lane is empty and there is a line up for regular lanes. However this does not usually pose a problem. I wait for the officer to free up about 25% of the time and never more than 2 minutes. I supose the officer could get caught with an interesting situation that ties them up for an extended period of time. But in these instances the officer usually hurries the pax over to secondary. In the times I have gone through Nexus with need to see secondary (random inspection, TN renewal, etc.) the officer spent about 30 seconds with me (enough time to escort over to secondary inspection (VRR, VIR) or to the immigration office (TV Visa renewal).
Geom, could you bne referencing YVR/YYZ which have Elite security lanes that are frequently abused by nonstatus pax?
There isn't a security line for NEXUS. I am talking about CBP taking people who "mistakenly" walked down the wrong line... no NEXUS, not crew, simply in the wrong line. It was happened the last two times I've been through YYC. Regular line was out the double doors... as the people walked by me I heard them say "How did we avoid the line? This is pretty good." To which the husband said "Shhhhh".
If the kettles want to - rabbit ears - mistakenly walk down the wrong line, I want to bring beer and popcorn for the day "Sparky the young CBP agent" mans the Nexus booth. There is a specific agent that I (inside voice) refer to as sparky. This agent power trips on everyone and would surely put the kettles to the back of the line with numerous threats of denied entry.
I seen the kettles go toward the wrong line at YYC US CBP. In one instance they were politely turned back by the agent and forced to go to the back of the long line. A few other instance I have noticed the other pax were following me and obviously very lost. I stopped turned back and redirected them to the proper line.
My own pet peeve is non Nexus travellers that get angry with me for using the Nexus machines. A few times there have been snarky comments made in the boarding lounge or once on the plane just after boarding.
That's no different than the priority boarding lanes. Some people just get mad at you!
It's nice that they are expanding this program but I really hate having to carry y Nexus card for domestic travel. It's just one of those things, like my passport, that'd I'd rather keep locked up unless I need it for its intended purpose.
That's their problem, not yours.
If you feel the urge to address it with them, take a handful of those business cards in the trays above the NEXUS machines at YYZ and give one to someone whining at you.
I guess another way to look at it is if you are a trusted traveller transborder (i.e. Nexus' primary intention), then you are a trusted traveller domestically as well. I'm all for using my Nexus card as a primary id for all travel (US-Canada). For transborder travel, just have to make sure that the passport is "available" in case of secondary screening.