Daniel R.H. ¦ Writer ¦ Breaking News
As a result of recent global incidents, there has been an implementation of a more rigorous security at numerous customs areas in specific countries. Consequently, many University of Wollongong students going on exchange or holidays have been struggling to make their flights due to the difficulties they have faced at customs. One student in particular was Law/Commerce student, John Inan, who was on his way to his short-course exchange in the United States.
“Yeah, even with my Esta-waiver receipt and exchange acceptance letter with me, I was still pretty nervous, hey.” confessed a worn-out John, making his flight with only minutes to spare. “My mates Joey Youssif and Andy Drapanoitis left a couple days earlier, and they told me they had trouble getting through…I had my Hawaiian shirt, ‘make America great again’ hat on, and like three sets of rosemary beads to make me look inconspicuous, but I still got pulled aside.”
In conducting further investigations into the issue, Smoking Duck reporters were able to locate Joseph (Joey) Youssif to interview him about his experiences.
“Yeah he [John] was never going to make it past security with just the hat. I tried belting out ‘America, home of the brave’ while my carry-on luggage was being swabbed, but that didn’t work. Ended up in the interview room and had to be re-booked. Missed the first day of class.”
Australian, American and European customs have adopted an ‘ethnic profiling’ approach to security checks, which is supposedly “foolproof” according to the Trump and Turnbull administrations. Students are warned that they may experience delays in travelling to their destination.