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It used to be that there would be a 20 minute huddle by authorities at the ticket counter every time I tried to travel by air. And I couldn't get a boarding pass online. I filed and got a redress number, and there has been no further issues on that front.

Today I returned from international travel, and it happened again, this time at immigration. The passport was temporarily confiscated, and I was lead into a side room, and told to wait while a couple people huddled around a monitor. There was muttering about aliases and an outstanding warrant, and they jokingly asked me if I had any aliases. I replied in a serious voice that I don't do aliases. (If I can't joke with them, I would think that they should not joke with me.) Finally they cleared me, gave me back the passport and sent me on my way.

One would think that with the new handy dandy chip embedded, finger prints, photos, etc., available with a swipe and a few key strokes, that this sort of thing wouldn't happen. Is there any follow-up possible on this, or am I now to endure hassles coming back from international travel just because I have a common name?

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