Man shows passport image on iPad, gets into the U.S.
These days, requiring a passport or Nexus card to get into the U.S. is as certain as death – there’s pretty much no way to avoid it. But you can narrowly escape it, rarely.
That stroke of luck appears to be exactly what happened to a Quebec man who got through a Canada/U.S. border crossing by using a scanned image of his passport, shown on his iPad.
Officially, the only way to get across a border crossing is with a passport – or a Nexus card. Reish had neither in the flesh.
For reasons which are as clear as a car window on a frosty winter morning, the Quebec man was about a half hour away from the border when he realized that his passport was at home – but he had a scanned image of it on his Apple tablet.
The 33-year-old explained to the border guard that he forgot his passport, but had the digital images of it.
After spending a few minutes with the tablet inside the border office, he got permission to pass through.
And if you’re wondering...yes, he used it to get back into Canada.
Should passports become digital? Perhaps, but there would be a plethora of security concerns. Smart phones and tablets could be hacked, and digital images could be doctored as easily as it is to make a grilled cheese sandwich.
On the other hand, some might more easily forget their travel documents than a tablet or smart phone.
Do you want digital passports?
- Maurice Cacho, MSN Tech & Gadgets