Mobile, Tech|January 4, 2012| Author: Kim LaCapria|Tags:

Canadian Man Shows Passport on iPad, Gets Into the US

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Flying cars, people!

Okay, it’s not flying cars, but one of the greater looming catastrophes of modern life remains the threat of leaving your passport at home ahead of an international trip. (Or worse, in a hotel when trying to get back home.) So it’s kind of cool to read about this enterprising Canadian, who presented a scanned copy of his Canadian passport at the US border. And got in!

Of course, you can forget your iPad as easily as you can forget your passport, but it’s bigger and more fun to use and all in all, less likely to slide into a hidden pocket in your Samsonite. Martin Reisch, the Canadian in question, indicated the border patrol worker as not thrilled with his last-minute save, but that the plan did indeed work:

“I thought I’d at least give it a try,” Reisch said. “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.”

33-year-old Reisch says he thinks it’s a matter of time before the practice becomes commonplace:

“I see the future as 100 percent being able to cross with your identity on a digital device — it’s just a matter of time,” he said.

US Customs and Border Patrol did not comment on the overall policy on accepting scanned passports to cross borders. Reisch reports that he also used the scanned passport and his iPad to successfully cross back into Canada the same day.