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Science Travel Card

Making it clear to not screw up expensive science during border protection gates
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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 between countries for key scientist figures to be able to more easily travel between countries, as well as not get hassled by border security as much when carrying expensive equipment.

This would be similar to the APEC Business Travel Card.

mofosyne, Jun 20 2019

APEC Business Travel Card https://en.wikipedi...usiness_Travel_Card
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       <slight aside>
Way back when I was at university, a friend of mine came back from a trip with some samples of composite materials. To protect them in his pack, he strapped them to his laptop.
Which meant he got asked ALL sorts of questions at border 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.
neutrinos_shadow, Jun 20 2019

       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.
8th of 7, Jun 20 2019

       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...
zen_tom, Jun 20 2019

       ... 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 ...
8th of 7, Jun 20 2019

       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.
RayfordSteele, Jun 20 2019

       //..... 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.
zen_tom, Jun 20 2019

       // 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.
8th of 7, Jun 20 2019

       Yes, that'll get you into Poland or France, but only for a short visit.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 20 2019

       Who would want to go to france for anything other than a short visit ?
8th of 7, Jun 20 2019

       It does beat the traditional slog of going all the way into Russia before deciding to head back again, lighter a few travelling companions.
zen_tom, Jun 20 2019


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