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This Montrealer was Able to Enter the U.S. and Canada by Showing his Passport on iPad [Update]

by on January 3rd, 2012

Update 2: @safesolvent refers to this Wired story that gives the most accurate account of his iPad ‘passport’ experience. He also had his non-enhanced driver’s license with him.

Update 1: We spoke with Martin (@safesolvent) on twitter and he noted he used Dropbox to store his scanned copy of his passport. He has unofficially won the prize of iPad User of the Week. Congrats πŸ˜‰

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Gaining entry into the U.S. requires showing a passport to U.S. Customs, but when Montrealer Martin Reisch realized he forgot his, he did the next best thing–show a scanned copy of it via his iPad.

He told the customs agent his situation then handed over his iPad, and after a 5 minute inspection of his iPad within the border office he was wished ‘happy holidays’ and sent on his way, notes the Globe and Mail:

β€œI figured I’d try, and in the worst case, I would have to go home,” he said Tuesday.

β€œHe kind of gave me a stare, like neither impressed nor amused,” Reisch said of their exchange last Friday in southern Quebec.

β€œHe was very nice about it,” he said of the officer.

β€œI think a good part of it had to do with the fact that it was the holidays and I seem like a nice-enough person.”

Even crazier, was Reisch was able to use his same scanned document on his iPad to regain entry into Canada on his way home. I’m not surprised how the U.S. customs agent handled the situation–I’ve always encountered friendly and warm agents heading down South. As for Canada Customs on the way home–they seem to always make you feel like a criminal at times.

Who’s going to give this a try next time?

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