Every airport has its own rules and regulations. I might not necessarily agree with all of it but there’s nothing I can do but follow the process. I am, after all, in someone else’s country. As soon as I got off my flight from JFK airport to Cancun, Mexico, I was immediately placed in a line for screening. I’m not exactly sure why because I went through the same process before I boarded in JFK.
The agents by the x-ray screeners were monotonous and curt. It seemed like they hated their jobs and I could understand why. One of the customs agents said in English to the passengers ahead of me,
“You didn’t complete this part of the customs form.”
“It’s in Spanish. I don’t know what it’s saying,” one of the passenger responded.
“You’re in Mexico.” said the customs agent.
“I’m not Mexican. I don’t speak Spanish. If I don’t know what it’s saying how am I suppose to fill it out?” another passenger said.
If the passengers weren’t so obnoxious, the customs agent wouldn’t have responded the way she did. American Airlines should have provided English customs forms since we were departing from New York City. However, the customs agent wasn’t wrong either. If you’re going to travel to another country, the least you can do is be respectful and learn a little of the local language.
Who do you think was right? The English-speaking passengers or the customs agent in Mexico?
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