|Subject: Re: carrying money & passports|
Having a photocopy of my passport bailed me nicely out of a
verrrry sticky situation when, standing in line at passport control at
Toronto Pearson I realized I'd left my passport on the plane. A U.S.
citizen, in the plane and just after landing, I had shuffled my jacket and
sweater around, and moved my passport out of safekeeping onto the
seat--and then LEFT it there. (My friend Ross can tell you a story about
what happened to HIM when boarding a flight in the States, his rollaboard
containing all his ID, etc., got separated from him, was stowed in the
plane hold, and thus was inaccessible to him when he landed--also at
Pearson. All the corny things you've seen in movies when detectives
question a suspect, he experienced. His U.S. driver's license was
deemed sufficient I.D.to accord admittance.)
But in my case, it was *2* hours before the Air Canada Lost and
Found office opened and the plane cleaners found and returned my
passport--as I felt very confident they would. But during that time I was
allowed to wander freely around Pearson instead of being held captive
somewhere---and all because I had a PHOTOCOPY of my passport in my
handluggage and could present it to passport control.
Traveling with (a) photocopy(ies) of (an)important document(s) is
such a simple solution to what could otherwise be a nightmare.