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Ex-Mozilla CTO: US border cops demanded I unlock my phone, laptop at SF airport – and I'm an American citizen


Back when I was a GS-2210 for the U.S. Gov and traveling a *lot* overseas for the wars, going through customs in the U.S. was cake.

"Sir, what's the nature of your trip?"

[show blue passport]

"Government work."

"What kind of government work?"

[show military ID]

"The kind you aren't cleared to know about."

"OK then."

You show a military ID or brown government passport and TSA tends to STFU and let you go on about your way.

I remember the really old days when we traveled with TWO blue passports - one for Israel and one for the Arab states so they wouldn't know you've been to Israel via transfer in Frankfurt.

Man, talk about racking up the frequent-flyer miles!

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