"Why I Will Never, Ever, Go Back to the United States"

by Joseph McKeown


Dutchman Niels Gerson Lohman has sworn off travel to the United States after being turned away at the US/Canada border. He raised suspicion, he recounts, because his passport showed frequent travel to what the CBP officer described as "Islamic" countries (Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia, Yemen), along with a suspicious raincoat ("'Who takes a coat to the U.S. in the summer?'" the officer asked). 

He describes the ordeal:  

Six customs officers went through my two phones, iPad, laptop and camera. In my wallet they found an SD card I had totally forgotten about. They did not like that. By now I was the only one left in the dining car and the center of attention.

"It was a very surreal experience," he says in the HuffPost Live interview "because there was so much sarcasm in the voice of the officers." Responses to his article on his twitter range from "Wish I could apologize on behalf of US Govt, but they're closed just now. US fear of everything global is embarrassing" by @KimberlyArtist to "Pleased to hear that your sniveling overprivileged self won't grace our shores anytime soon" by @sally_siegel.