It turns out that reciprocating ridiculous American travel policy issues can be a real bitch for arrogant American Airlines pilots. ah_brazil2000 really broke it down well:
Re: I wonder how many US tourists overst
by: ah_brazil2000 01/14/04 02:37 pm
Msg: 2 of 2335
probably very few. But remember that Brazil is taking this procedure not to combat illegal imigrants, but as a gold rule in diplomacy called reciprocity.
As I understand, the US-visit program was put on place not to combat ilegal imigrants, but to combat terrorism. Now I ask: How many brazilians have conducted terror acts in US? How many were accused?
I have the answers to these questions. NONE. Now, how many from England or Germany? A few, but US is not checking on them.
Also by reciprocity, Brazil was supposed to charge US$100.00 per visa, as USA does charge in Brazil. Incredible, but we do not charge that from US citizens.
Another question. What would happen if I make an “obscene gesture” when I go through customs in US? The american pilot should be arrested as any other that does not obey the local law.
The deal here is not about ilegal imigrants.
Yahoo! News – U.S. Pilot Held in Brazil in Fingerprinting Spat: “U.S. Pilot Held in Brazil in Fingerprinting Spat
By Todd Benson
SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) – An American Airlines pilot was arrested at Sao Paulo International Airport on Wednesday after making an obscene gesture while being photographed by Brazilian (news – web sites) immigration officers, police said.
The pilot, Dale Robin Hirsch, raised his middle finger at police while undergoing recently introduced Brazilian security measures that require U.S. citizens to be fingerprinted and photographed upon entering the South American country. ”