iPad used as a Passport to cross the US-Canada Border

Martin Reisch used an out-of-the-box thinking and a weird tool to help him get through U.S. Customs — his iPad.

Reisch said he was about a half-an-hour drive from the Vermont border last week when he realized he had forgotten his passport at home. 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 to BBC. “He took the iPad into the little border hut. He was in there a good five, six minutes. It seemed like an eternity. 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, “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 successfully managed to re-enter Canada later the same day, has said he will not forget his passport in the future. 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 your identity on a digital device it’s just a matter of time,” he said.

We are sure there will be an App for that

The DNetWorks Team