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Iris Scanning Comes to the US & Canadian Border

Proving my identity in the States only requires my driver's license and social security number. Now that I'm ping-ponging across the U.S./Canadian border, I have a slew of identity documents. If it has a bad photo, a personal identification number, or a raised seal, I'm carrying it. I no longer have a wallet; I have an accordion file. You never know who will ask for what. Case in point: my family decided to apply for NEXUS cards. NEXUS allows for quick passage across the U.S./Canadian border if you are a model citizen, show oodles of ID, agree to iris scanning and fingerprinting, and interview with both American and Canadian agents. It sounds nutty, unless you've waited three hours on a bridge with three kids and a dog in full meltdown mode. Which I have. The closest interview site was Toronto's Pearson International Airport. Our interview landed in the travel-nightmare month of December on a Friday during rush hour. Undaunted, we prepared for the worst. My husband took the whole day off work and I pulled the children out of school. We left four hours early with a map, our pre-approval letters and our accordion file.

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