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11. Welcome Home? No So Much

Just like New Year's Eve: Silversea Drops the Ball

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11. June 26, Guayaquil to Miami to Kansas City


Today could be best recounted via a list.

1. Silversea’s ground transportation arrived at our hotel 20 minutes late.
2. Ten (yes, ten) wheelchairs lined up to pre-board our flight to Miami delaying departure.
3. Deplaning at Miami delayed by a “medical.” That’s our third medical in the past few flights.
4. I got the dreaded “X” at the Global Entry kiosk.
5. My passport was taken from me and I was taken to “the room” and told to sit and wait.
6. Immigration, after a ten-minute delay in “the room,” refused explain “Why?”
7. Our “Priority-Tagged” bags came out last (not first) further delaying us.
8. Security at recheck pulled my carry-on for a secondary screen. Time was now very short.
9. The strap on my Apple Watch broke.


The good news: We arrived at Gate D33 just as they were calling for Group 1 to board. Our two-hour cushion was reduced to two minutes.

My least favorite part of international travel has become immigration inspection upon arrival back in the United States. I am now anxious about how my identity will be questioned. Three or four times in a row, “Coming To America” has been problematic. Nobody will tell me why.

A few years back I was confused with an accused sexual predator (a rock musician who performed under the name Gary Glitter but whose given name was Paul Russell). More recently an agent asked me if I formerly traveled under a different gender identity.

It is confusing to me that this happens as I have a trusted traveler number, travel on TSA Pre-Check status and am a member of the Global Entry program and that my identity is confirmed at Global Entry kiosks via a biometric facial recognition scan.


“How can I fix this?” I asked the stone-faced immigration officer. Saying nothing, she ripped off the top flyer on a pad and handed it to me while dismissing me, saying, “Go through that door and turn right.”

The HOMELAND SECURITY flyer tells me this:

“WHAT IS DHS TRIP? The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Travel Redress Inquiry Program (DHS TRIP) provides a single portal for travelers to seek redress for adverse screening experiences and to resolve possible watch list misidentification issues. For example, travelers may seek redress because they have been delayed or denied boarding, delayed or denied entry into the U.S. at a port of entry; or been subject to additional (secondary) screening or inspection.”

“HOW TO SUBMIT A DHS TRIP INQUIRY. To initiate an inquiry, please log on to DHS TRIP’s interactive Web site at www.dhs.gov/trip. There you will be prompted to describe your particular concerns and experience, provide contact information to which a response will be directed, and be assigned a case number to help you monitor the progress of your inquiry. In addition, depending on your inquiry, documentation may be required.”

“WHEN AND HOW YOU WILL RECEIVE A RESPONSE. DHS TRIP will process your request completely, accurately, and as quickly as possible. In certain cases, supporting documentation may be required. We encourage you to submit any additional information within 30 days to facilitate the processing of your request. You may check the status of your request at any time through the DHS Web site www.dhs.gov/trip.”

The Hotel del Parque in Guayaquil grew on me. The public spaces make up for the dark, poorly designed room (it didn't help that it was an accessible room--perhaps the regular rooms are better) But, as we ultimately slide into our own bed at the Alameda, very very early on Monday morning, this room is the best.

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Welcome back ! Trip was really something special so thank you for sharing the wonderful details and adventures- we loved it.

by Rmfoerster

Welcome back! As usual, enjoyed the daily blogs. Sounds like a great trip with the usual twists and turns of adventure travel. Nothing wrong with being happy to be home! Thanks for sharing.

by Obuckley

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