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Old 03-17-2016, 06:35 AM   #1
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Another Border Crossing

Crossed from Canada into Alaska. The normal questions through the driver's window. Then "Do you have any airplane parts or military compasses?" With my negative response came this, "Are you sure you don't have a military compass?" Finally remembered an old lensatic compass in a junk box. The agent told me it was behind the passenger seat! The radium dial was detected by the sensors we drove through. Pretty sensitive equipment.
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Yeah, pretty amazing. When I still worked for the military I would set off the sensors after having a thallium stress test done, and entering the gate at Andrews A.F.B.
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My wife's aunt set off the sensors here at the Peace Bridge after she had a radioactive stress test. Their sensors are very sensitive which is a good thing.
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Crossed from Canada into Alaska. The normal questions through the driver's window. Then "Do you have any airplane parts or military compasses?" With my negative response came this, "Are you sure you don't have a military compass?" Finally remembered an old lensatic compass in a junk box. The agent told me it was behind the passenger seat! The radium dial was detected by the sensors we drove through. Pretty sensitive equipment.
Three questions, were you allowed to keep the compass and why does it matter if you have one in first place? Are all of the things mentioned above setting off alarms because they are a form of radiation that could be used for something bad?
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Radium in the dial to illuminate the face at night set off the detectors. Can detect a LOT of radioactive emitters, searching for fissionable materials being smuggled. Odds are they let him keep the compass, just wanted to confirm what was setting off the detectors!
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Goes to show you...never lie to the border patrol although this was a honest mistake....they know things you wouldn't think they would.
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Yes, we were able to keep it. Nothing illegal about it, but we were all invited in for a chat. Very friendly and professional.
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Old 03-17-2016, 01:59 PM   #9
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Now that they can't check for reds under the bed every night, they need something to take its place.

So what about smoke detectors which have radioactive materials in them.
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Interesting! New (unused) mantles for Coleman-type lanterns also emit radiation - we use them during drills when folks get scanned with Geiger Counter-type instruments. ST
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Reds under the bed??
Ya....what the heck is that? Fish?
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Reds - communists
under the bed - looking under the bed for bad guys

Since the cold war is over there is no need to look for reds under the bed, so they are off on another search.

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Goes to show you...never lie to the border patrol although this was a honest mistake....they know things you wouldn't think they would.
Got that right! If you cause an agent to enter your vehicle to do a search, and they find anything not declared, they have the authority to seize your vehicle and everything inside.
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