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    Passport confiscated

    I went the to Americam Embassy to renew my passport as it expires in June of this year. I was told I cannot travel to another country if I have less than 6 months remaining on my passport. So filled in the forms, made the long trip to the U.S. Embassy, paid the $75.00 for the new passport, submitted my papers and was told to have a seat. I noticed many people who came after me come and go. I was still sitting there. Finally after more than an hour my name was called. The clerk told me "sorry, sir, we have have to keep your passport for "administrative review." I replied, "why, is there a problem?" She responded, "I have no idea sir." I said, "how can I rent a hotel room without my passport?" - I was planning on staying in bangkok tonight." She replied, "sorry, sir, we have to keep your passport." I have lived here for 10 years, never been arrested, I just an English teacher. I had a similar experience 2 years ago when I went to the Embassy to have extra pages added to my passport. They held me for two hours. Eventually, the clerk came out and apolgized to me saying "we thought we had a 'hit' on your name but it turns out it wasn't you." I wonder if it's the same problem. Some computer glitch or something. In any event, it really bothersome. Anyone else ever had a similar problem?

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    Re: Passport confiscated

    Once as a teenager I lost my passport in Spain (school-trip). I got a few extra days in-country with a pretty decent parental guardian who made slipping out at night easier than drinking thru dinner.

    Anyways, when we landed at JFK together we were both man-handled into seperate questioning rooms where we waited for what seemed like hours. Later we were told her name Marrianne K. Watson was so similar to a known terrorist: Miriam K. Watson that they just had to hold us.

    What else did they tell you cluezo? Nothing at all? Will you just return on Monday? Are you stuck for the weekend then?

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    You must have a dubious surname i imagine, I send Au Pairs to America and every so often a girl is turned down for a visa if she has a surname which is flagged up, political or whatever.
    'After the game, the king and the pawn go into the same box'

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    Re: Passport confiscated

    Quote Originally Posted by cluezo View Post
    I went the to Americam Embassy to renew my passport as it expires in June of this year. ... They held me for two hours. Eventually, the clerk came out and apolgized to me saying "we thought we had a 'hit' on your name but it turns out it wasn't you." I wonder if it's the same problem. Some computer glitch or something. In any event, it really bothersome. Anyone else ever had a similar problem?
    There have been reports over the last few years that passports are being witheld from various people for different reasons, one being absent fathers who have defaulted on child maintenence monies. Could it be that your 'near hit' flagged the name of a deadbeat dad and has done the same again?

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    Re: Passport confiscated

    Maybe they read your threats against Dubya that were posted on this forum? I always knew you were a dangerous terrorist. Maybe they'll lock you away in Gitmo?

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    Re: Passport confiscated

    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo View Post
    Once as a teenager I lost my passport in Spain (school-trip). I got a few extra days in-country with a pretty decent parental guardian who made slipping out at night easier than drinking thru dinner.

    Anyways, when we landed at JFK together we were both man-handled into seperate questioning rooms where we waited for what seemed like hours. Later we were told her name Marrianne K. Watson was so similar to a known terrorist: Miriam K. Watson that they just had to hold us.

    What else did they tell you cluezo? Nothing at all? Will you just return on Monday? Are you stuck for the weekend then?
    They told me NOTHING! Hopped a fucking bus back to Rayong. I'm mad as hell. But screaming ain't gonna help. Just have to wait.

    Quote Originally Posted by zaphodbeeblebrox View Post
    Maybe they read your threats against Dubya that were posted on this forum? I always knew you were a dangerous terrorist. Maybe they'll lock you away in Gitmo?
    I love dubya
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    DC had his passport revoked here for not paying child support. Had to go back home on some temporary document.
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    Re: Passport confiscated

    Quote Originally Posted by aging one View Post
    DC had his passport revoked here for not paying child support. Had to go back home on some temporary document.
    My "child" is 32 years old. I've never been arrested in Thailand. Paid my taxes. WTF?

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    Re: Passport confiscated

    Maybe they need you for a secret mission.



    sorry

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    Re: Passport confiscated

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveyG View Post
    You must have a dubious surname i imagine, I send Au Pairs to America and every so often a girl is turned down for a visa if she has a surname which is flagged up, political or whatever.
    My surname is "Lynch," while dubious in the literal sense, it should not be anything the Embassy should flag. It just means hanging people.

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    Re: Passport confiscated

    Problem is, once your passport has been "red flagged' for any reason, the info stays in the system.

    I had a horrendous experience at the American border once upon a time. Just be gratefull it was a glitch.
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    Re: Passport confiscated

    Quote Originally Posted by cluezo View Post
    My surname is "Lynch," while dubious in the literal sense, it should not be anything the Embassy should flag. It just means hanging people.
    Is your first name David?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveyG View Post
    Is your first name David?
    Nope, that's my brother - a hopeless film nut.

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    Re: Passport confiscated

    Dont think the implication thats its you who is the deadbeat, Cluezo, just that you share the same name as one hence the false hit before!

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    Re: Passport confiscated

    But at least your sister Myrell is well off!

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