re: There's really no problem here
Indeed. Given that your credit card company, your bank, the airline, whichever website you booked it through, probably the whole of your Facebook landscape if you're that way inclined, your company if it's a works trip, the rental car company, the hotel you stay in, Skype if you use it, definitely your mobile phone company, the duty free shops either end, any advertisers on websites that you browsed whilst waiting in the lounge, probably Google, Hotmail, etc, your spouse/mistress (delete as appropriate), and maybe all the people all of them are friends with or do business with already know where and when you're going and probably why, what's the big deal with telling which ever government has the thankless task of trying to keep everyone alive, safe and well that you're an ordinary citizen who'd just like to get from A to B with a minimum of fuss?
Having said that, a minimum of fuss would include less officiousness from everyone in a uniform. The single best ever border crossing experience I've ever had was, amazingly, going through the non US channel at Dulles Washington DC. Witty, pleased to see me, a friendly chat and best of luck. Maybe they'd just got laid.
Let me see now, got it here somewhere, gathering dust at the back of my LP collection...scratch, scratch...
>While the storm clouds gather far across the sea,
no not that one, wait a minute, wait a minute,
>Let us swear allegiance to a land that's free,
Hmm, maybe that one, but how about this?
>Let us all be grateful for a land so fair,
Yes that's beginning to sound about right,
>As we raise our voices in a solemn prayer.
Well if that's what floats your boat sport, carry on, but how about this?
>God Bless America
Yes, yes, carry on,
>Land that I love.
Well who doesn't, eh?
>Stand beside her, and guide her
Yes, it's all very well asking for devine assistance and all that, but that doesn't in anyone's prayer book absolve one of some personal responsibility towards one's fellow men, what, old chap?
>Through the night with a light from above.
>From the mountains, to the prairies,
>To the oceans, white with foam
Yes alright old chap, we all know it's a jolly big place. Quite like New England myself
>God bless America, My home sweet home
>God bless America, My home sweet home.
That's the ticket, by jove I think he's got it!