Good morning everyone. One of my close friends recently traveled to Kuwait and had a few interesting experiences. He shared them with me and I thought they would be good to share on the blog. Here are his experiences:
1. Kuwait is one of the countries that as US citizens, you can obtain your Kuwait Visa at the airport, so that is exactly what I did. I gave my passport to the Kuwait Visa agent, after a minute the agent waived for his supervisor to come over. The agent and supervisor where speaking Arabic, so I had no idea what they were saying. The supervisor smiled at me and asked me to please have a seat. So that is what I did, I had a sit for over 2 hours. During my 2+ hour wait, I saw over 5 Americans come through with no problems. I was watching carefully where my passport was located, for it seemed it was getting passed from person to person. I watched as an agent went through every single page of my passport writing down notes from each page. I thought to myself, am I in trouble for having a passport with many visas like Russia and Brazil, to name a few? Finally, after 90 minutes, I decided to ask what was going on. They told me my passport number had been used by another US citizen, and that US citizen did some very bad things in some Middle Eastern countries. So now my inquiring mind wants to know, what those bad things are, but they refused to give me any details. Very interesting. Finally, after 2 hours, the supervisor apologized, gave me my Kuwait Visa, and off I went. There is really nothing I can do while I am traveling here in the Middle East, but once I get back to the US, I will inquire what I need to do.
2. I was going through security for my flight from Kuwait City to Bahrain. While my carry on was being x-rayed, the security agent asked if he could look in my carry on. Since I never have anything to hide, I said no problem. The agent removed every single item from my carry-on, I had no idea what he was looking for, but he could not find it. The agent finally said where is your razor. I went into my toiletry bag and handed him my razor. He took my razor and told me razors were not allowed on Kuwait Airways. I said really, can you please remove the razor and just give me my razor handle, so that is exactly what he did. Since I had some time to kill, and there are no Priority Pass airport lounges in Kuwait’s new international terminal, I decided to sit and watch the security screening process. Now most Arabic men have facial hair, so I only focused on the ones who were clean shaven. To my surprise none of the clean shaven travelers I saw had a razor packed in their carry on, they either knew not to bring it on as a carry on, put it in their checked luggage, did not bring a razor on this trip, or they knew how to hide it from security. I don’t even want to consider I was targeted for having a razor, so they took mine and nobody else’s.
3. So I am sitting in my 17C aisle seat on my Kuwait Airway flight to Bahrain. The plane is getting full, and two ladies dresses in black point to the two seats next to me, so I got up to let the ladies in. One lady sat by the window, the other in my aisle seat, leaving the middle seat open. I kindly asked her to move to the middle seat so I could sit down, but she did not reply. The flight attendant came over and spoke with the two women. The flight attendant and two women were almost screaming at one another, and then the flight attendant turned to me and told me these two women did not want to sit next to a man. I thought OK, no big deal, I will just find another seat. After moving three time, I finally found an empty seat, and I was good to go, sitting right in front of these two women. Each time I got up from my seat, I turned back to the two ladies and smiled, but they never returned the smile back to me, go figure.
If you were my friend, what would you have done in these situations? If you have any questions, please leave a comment below. Have a great day everyone!