Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Catch Up Day

Most of us have probably seen the unreal footage of the Tsunami being circulated via YouTube or Facebook. Holy power of water! How worlds can change in 6 minutes. If you haven't done so, please consider a donation to the Red Cross.

Today is mostly an administrative catch up day. It is incredible just how much mail we get. I have a pile just under a foot high to sift through. A number of them are our updated credit cards (finally) as we are nearing expiry.

On a travel related note, in Terminal 3 at Pearson International Airport (Toronto), they have recently opened a Nexus x-ray screening line. We didn't know about that as we thought the quick through passport control uses iris scan technology.

So we were in line with everyone else waiting for our turn to take off jackets, take out liquids etc.

I decided to ask someone about it as we happened to have our nexus cards with us. They said it started 3 days ago and we can go through that line after scanning our cards with a handheld device. We got through in less than 1 minute. Wow. The cards paid for themselves right there and then.

On the way home, because 4 flights arrived at the same time, passport control was a mess. I have never seen it so busy.

Because we hadn't had our irises "captured" yet, we had to go to the special services line. Unfortunately the fellow who directed us there didn't really know what he was talking about because the agents at passport control do not have the machines do that.

But we happened upon an agent who used to work at the Nexus office at Pearson who told us what we needed to do, where to go for our appointments, that they were not open right now, etc.

Once done, we would be able to use one of those nifty machines we saw and would be passing through passport control in Canada in a jiffy.

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