… While on the topic of customs, I think it’s appropriate that I finally blow the lid off, Snowden-style, one of the most closely guarded governmental secrets of all time.

After one of the numerous global financial crises – no one is sure which – the International Monetary Fund (IMF) called for a top-secret meeting of the finance ministers of its 188 member countries. The single-point agenda: how to jump-start the global economy by swindling its people. As is usually the case in any committee-type forum, no one really wanted to publicly accept that they don’t have a problem gypping the citizens of their own country. So they came up with a game plan in which each government would defraud the citizens of other nations. And thus was born the Tourist Refund Scheme….

Excerpted from the chapter, Cleared to Land. Aisle Be Damned. Rest assured, your flying experience will never be the same again!