After a great weekend in Montreal, I headed home yesterday morning. I cross back into the U.S. at the Highgate Springs, Vermont border crossing. I travel to Montreal 3 or 4 times a year, and yesterday was the tightest boarder screening I have ever seen going back into the U.S. Every car in front of me had to open the hood of their cars, open all the doors and trunks, and there were at least 2 K-9 officers checking out all the cars waiting in line.
I finally pull up, and the guard asks the usual questions. I forgot to take my sunglasses off, so he asks me to do so. He then asks me to shut off the engine, pop the hood, pop the back latch, and wait outside the vehicle. He proceeds to look through the engine of my car for about 3-4 minutes, then checks under every seat, and asks me to take the jack out of the back compartment of my SUV. As I waiting, it was chilly, it was about 7:30 AM, so I put my hands in my pants pockets. He then asks me to take my hands out of my pockets. I did so, and stood there for another minute or so while he checked the jack compartment. Not really paying attention, I put my hands in my jacket pockets. Again, he asks me to take my hands out of my pockets. After another minute or so standing there in the sun, I put my sunglasses on. He then asks me to take my sunglasses off...what the hell?? My record is totally clean, I dont even have speeding tickets, I go across the border 3 to 4 times a year, and I know it is just their job, but damn, this guy was not polite or the least bit pleasant, maybe he was having a bad day?? He was young, I would say mid to late twenties. After he was finished, he kind of gave me a fake smile, and in a wise ass manner told me to have a safe journey home. I think he knew I was annoyed at the sunglasses and pockets thing. Again, I know it is their job, but damn, the Canadian guards are much friedlier, even when questioning you. Is there a heightened security level in the U.S. right now? I didnt hear anything on the news. Maybe this guy was new and was trying to impress his boss.