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Science Travel Card
Making it clear to not screw up expensive science during border protection gates
When scientist moves between countries, they may carry very
expensive equipment or materials.
Also they may have to deal with politics between countries.
What would help is to have an equivalent special passport
countries for key scientist figures to be able to more easily
between countries, as well as not get hassled by border
much when carrying expensive equipment.
This would be similar to the APEC Business Travel Card.
APEC Business Travel Card
[mofosyne, Jun 20 2019]
Way back when I was at university, a friend of mine came
back from a trip with some samples of composite
To protect them in his pack, he strapped them to his
Which meant he got asked ALL sorts of questions at
security because, under the bag x-ray, sheets of plastic &
composite together with the electronic bits inside a
laptop look VERY
suspiciously like a bomb.
||The customs staff at Geneva airport are very blasé about gadgetry. Just mention the magic word CERN and you're waved through without further enquiry.
||It's a great idea - mind you, here in the EU, if
you're a scientist, a businessperson, a student or
just fancy a change of scenery, your EU citizenship
affords you the right to cross borders at will - it's
a fantastic arrangement that opens doors to a huge
continent packed with long and shared cultures. Long
may those precious freedoms continue...
||... as long as you're white (or not too coffee-coloured), educated, solvent, don't hold too many unacceptable political or religious opinions, aren't pregnant, or numerous other factors which might make you one of Them rather than one of Us ...
||For an automotive plant visit, I had to take
receiver/dryer bottles (aluminum car parts
resembling enclosed cylinders) on a plane. That
took a good bit of talking.
||//..... as long as you're white (or not too coffee-coloured), educated, solvent, don't hold too many
unacceptable political or religious opinions, aren't pregnant, or numerous other factors..//
||Having traveled with my pregnant wife, a number of non-caucasian EU citizens (including a
particularly swarthy-complexioned Spaniard at one point who had exceedingly peculiar political
opinions), Atheists, Protestants, Roman Catholics, Jews, a Buddhist and more than a few Muslims and
so on, over the years, I can attest to zero problems crossing EU borders - just a flash of the good
old passport and you're off. I suppose it does help being solvent, the admin fees for getting a
passport/id-card are not inconsiderable.
||// just a flash of the good old passport //
||... or if you're German, just a flash of the good old Panzer division and some close air support.
||Yes, that'll get you into Poland or France, but only for a short
||Who would want to go to france for anything other than a short visit ?
||It does beat the traditional slog of going all the
way into Russia before deciding to head back again,
lighter a few travelling companions.