I connected through the Hong Kong airport on my way to Vietnam and my experience going through customs was too funny not to share.
My passport photo is terrible. It looks like I have nine chins. I've been waiting nine years for it to expire because it is so bad. To be clear, though, I've never actually had nine chins.
Hands passport and departure card to female immigration agent
Looks at passport and then looks at me repeatedly
Name, date of birth?
Krystal Webber. September 23.
This look different.
Do you have another ID? Drivers license?
Hands drivers license to female agent
Shakes head, shows drivers license and passport to male agent sitting beside her
How much weight you lose?
Knowing the passport photo is terrible but still confused about what they expect to hear, so answering cautiously
I don't know, 10 to 15 pounds?
Shakes his head, wide-eyed
Seems both suspicious and surprised
15 pounds?!? Whoa.
Looks at passport and drivers license again
This still look different. You have more ID?
Hands credit card to female agent
Stamps passport and returns it to me
Successfully walks through immigration area
While I've never been especially thin, I've always been pretty tiny so I just found this whole thing to be hilarious. Plus, I can't imagine anywhere in America it being appropriate to ask a stranger if they lost weight and how much. Props to them, though, for their diligence in proving my identity.