For many people, this winter has more than outlived its welcome and continues to indiscriminately scuttle business and vacation plans alike. International voyagers entering the United States endure the additional adjustment of bureaucratic culture shock, since travelers — Americans and otherwise — typically spend more time going through security at U.S. airports than at multiple airports throughout the entirety of a trip abroad.

No other country, with the possible exception of Israel, seems to have perfected the charming art of combining the most up-to-date technology with the most draconian treatment in airport security quite like the United States. And if travelers deign to question seemingly haphazard methods, they receive the retort: “Welcome to the US of A!”