Yesterday when Chris flew to the USA on business, a rather unpleasant surprise awaited him at Customs and Immigration in New York. Those little rooms off beyond the checkpoint? He was pulled over and into one. The officer then informed him that his name has been added to the official "watch" list. And will be indefinitely. The problem? He has one of the most common names on the planet. Truly. There's a reason he goes by his middle name.
Chris has been "flagged." The officer at least let Chris know that there's some process he can go through with the State Department to clear this up--but he hardly has the spare time to deal with this! If he doesn't, however, he can expect trouble every time he travels to and from the USA.
Then again, what's the big deal? He always travels to the USA on his own. Being quickly detained is nothing compared to traveling on my own with both girls--and then packing us up to head back to Russia with six months (or more) of supplies...