Martin Reisch used an out-of-the-box thinking and a weirdÂ tool to help himÂ get throughÂ U.S.Â CustomsÂ â€” his iPad.
Reisch said he was about a half-an-hourÂ drive fromÂ theÂ VermontÂ borderÂ last weekÂ when he realized he had forgotten his passport at home.Â He remember that a scanned copy of the passport was stored on his iPad and instead of going back for a two-hour drive home, he decided to give it a shot using an iPad.
“I thought I’d at least give it a try,” Mr Reisch said, according toÂ BBC. “He took the iPad into the little border hut. He was in there a good five, six minutes. It seemed like an eternity.Â When he came back, he took a good long pause before wishing me a Merry Christmas,” Reisch said. “He was very nice about it. I think a good part of it had to do with the fact that it was the holidays and I seem like a nice-enough person.”
The custom officer was mildy annoyed when Mr. Reisch showed him the iPad, he explains,Â “He kind of gave me a stare, like neither impressed nor amused,” he said of their exchange last Friday in southern Quebec.
Mr Reisch, who successfullyÂ managed toÂ re-enter Canada later the same day, has said he will not forget his passport in the future.Â However, he hopes that one day a scanned copy of a document will become the norm. “I see the future as 100% being able to cross with yourÂ identityÂ on a digital device it’s just a matter of time,” he said.