Saturday, 7 August 2010

Oh my giddy aunt


The compulsory Electronic System for Travel Authorisation (Esta) is free at present, but from 9 September visitors to the US will have to pay for it.

The fee has been introduced to fund a programme which aims to promote tourism in the US and attract foreign spending.

Just how fucking stupid can you be?

It is rather strange that this fee is mainly going to promote US tourism. You would've thought keeping it cheaper to get in would help more



KrAzY3 said...

Brilliant! I suppose every government entity on earth thinks it is their role to take money and spend it, no matter how stupid the manner in which they do it might be.

Anonymous said...

That might well be the final straw for many 'Brits' visiting USA.
The airports and flights are now a nightmare, then add on the missed connections because of bad attitude immigration, searches etc etc.
Then to pay even more for the privilege. Think I give it a miss.

General Disorder said...

The fucking yanks really don't get it do they?

And they wonder why the rest of the world sees them as a load of arrogant cunts.

Ye gods and little fishes.

Anonymous said...

How stupid, you ask, can we Americans be?

Obama stupid, that's how stupid.

A wag once pointed out that nobody ever lost a nickel* by underestimating the intelligence of the American people.

Or an election, either, as 2008 proved.

*.03 of your pounds at today's exchange rate.

Spanner Monkey said...

Stupid indeed! Even the most 'provincial' countries have the sense to shaft their visitors with a 'exit tax' charged when they have no choice on their way home.

It seems they think visiting their utopia is sufficiently alluring to persuade people to cough up in advance.

Angry Exile said...

Already had enough reasons not to want to visit the US, thanks. Actually I like the place and I quite like the Yanks, but Christ alive, getting in and out and even just transiting through the fucking place has become such a nightmare of queueing and questions and fingerprinting and eye scans. They're getting as bad as Soviet Russia. I'm a lazy fucker at heart so if they want me to visit they have to make it easy.

Woman on a Raft said...

I hate to find myself slipping down a conspiraloon vortex, but sometimes I wonder if they didn't find Osama Bin Laden a very convenient excuse....