Do you find Canadian or US border agents more rude? Why?
IHaving crossed the Can/US border a few hundred times, and having travelled the world working internationally for more than a decade American border agents are the ONLY ones I have ever seen be rude.
Other countries agents can be professional and effective while remaining polite, why cannot Americans?
While transiting through a US airport on my way home from Europe I sat near an 80 year old Eastern European gentleman. He was so happy to go see his new great-grandson. While he couldn't speak English, he showed off the pictures and a cabin crew member explained what was happening.
On arrival he was in the queue next to the one I was in. The US agent started screaming at him because he couldn't speak English. The crew member who did speak his language offered to help and was told to mind her own business and get back in the crew line.
Same airport different trip, I was asked how long was my layover and told that I could not look at my ticket. I said just under 3 hours and was threatened to be returned to Europe, I am Canadian with an onward ticket to Canada because how dare I travel not knowing exactly, to the minute, how long my layover was scheduled.
I have written in other posts about how much fun it was entering the USA with a passport full of Afghan and other Muslim countries’ visas and stamps because of my work with USAID, despite having ISAF military passes.
Can you guess how much fun it was to enter 48 hours after having a medical test that used radioactive dye, with my full passport of stamps and visas written in Arabic script?
In my experience and based on the stories of many other World travelers, the US is unique in having authority people who somehow equate the need to be ass holes with being effective at their jobs. Police and border agents elsewhere know that polite and professional is much more effective than the childishness of US authorities.
I think the reason is that Americans are generally scared of just about everything. Scared of being sick because no health insurance, scared of crime because of massive gun ownership and inequality in their society, scared of lawsuits because of an overly litigatious society, scared of losing their jobs because of no social safety net etc.