I’ve forgotten my passport, he’s my ipad instead.
We all know what it’s like when you’re travelling abroad, your packing the suitcase and making sure you have everything before you set out to the airport and then you realise you’ve left your passport on the side when you decide to check-in. For one Canadian man, Martin Reisch this wasn’t too much of a problem when this mishap occurred. When he realised his passport had been completely forgotten he resorted to using his Apple ipad to approach the US border.
You maybe thinking how an ipad could possibly help in this scenario. Martin Reisch said that a mildly annoyed US border officer made an exception after he was handed the ipad displaying a scanned copy of the forgotten passport. Rather then trek back to fetch the passport.
“I thought I’d at least give it a try,” said Reisch, according to reports by the Associated Press.
“He took the iPad into the little border hut. He was in there a good five, six minutes. It seemed like an eternity. When he came back he took a good long pause before wishing me a Merry Christmas.“
US Customs and Border Protection says it only accepts a passport, an enhanced driver’s license or a Nexus pass from Canadian citizens entering at land crossings. The list doesn’t mention facsimiles, like scans and photocopies.
Reisch, 33, said he took a scanned photo of his passport years ago in case it was over lost or stolen while travelling. He said he also successfully used the passport on his iPad to get through Canadian Customs on the way home later that day.
However, the 33-year-old said he doubted that he would away with it again and will bring his passport next time, although he hopes border officials will eventually make digital identification an official form of travel document.
Via The Guardian