I noticed in the news today that the Federal government is releasing money to add more U.S. Customs Agents.
It's from the Economic and Tourism folks. Tourism is really big business in the United States. ( in Hawaii it is far and away the largest industry ) Anyone who has traveled internationally can appreciate how more Customs agents will mean shorter lines and a more pleasant experience. That's good for tourism. as well and returning residents.
On another note, my daughter was a member of Boy Scout Explorer Post 501… U.S. Customs Explorer.
The Explorer program is for boys and girls age 14 to 21… In Hawaii we have Explorer posts sponsored by Customs, Fire Department, Police Department, AF Search & Rescue, one of the hospitals and one of the airlines. It's a way for the kids to learn what it's like to be in that profession.
Each Saturday morning , the kids would work side by side with the Customs Agents. Sometimes checking pass ports, inspecting luggage, working with drug dogs, escorting dignitaries and movie stars. The kids got to drive out and do the personal customs inspection of Michael Jacksons 747 when it returned from his world tour. Yes, they got autographs and took pictures.
I loved to hear of the stories the kids told of their mornings working as a customs agent.. I don't think a week went by without the kids finding some kind of drugs or other contraband. (like the time a famous Japanese movie star tried to smuggle drugs by taping a pound of hereon to the inside of his leg. One of the kids said: "He was walking funny". So they ask about him about it. His body language made him look nervous so the kid ask an agent to do a pat down. When the movie star bolted and ran… it was two of the Explorer scouts, football players, who tackled and handcuffed him. Zatoichi may have been a famous Samurai and expert with a sword… but he was no match for 3 high school kids.
Many of the scouts went on to earn degrees in law enforcement and are now working in that field.
Why let the truth stand in the way of a good fish story?