To stamp or not to stamp
January 9, 2012 10:20 AM Subscribe
US passport / stamp filter: What is the policy for stamping US passports upon arrival back in the US? I've had inconsistent experiences with this.
posted by andrewesque to Travel & Transportation (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I am a US citizen with a US passport.
Until I went to college, I'd only ever flown internationally out of LAX (mostly to East Asia, but once to Europe). My US passport was never stamped upon entry via Immigration in LAX.
However, in college when I returned twice from Europe and re-entered the US at JFK, I was stamped both times. It surprised me the first time because, based on my experience at LAX, I always thought that US citizens weren't stamped upon entry back in.
I'm flying O'Hare - Heathrow round trip in two months and was idly wondering if I'd be stamped upon return to the US in Chicago. By no means is this a question of actual import (I clearly don't have any worries about entering the US), but I'm just curious why this is the way it is. My sample size is small; I know this probably just boils down to "airport policy," but I'm curious if anyone knows why this might differ from airport to airport.