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I thought I'd put this one here before, but it disappeared...

I finally got a passport. I want a nice passport cover, but the one that matches my briefcase is $450 and rather blah. I bought and returned one from Cartier that was $225, because I just didn't like the metal trim detail - seemed like it could snag on a pocket, and rummaging for something in a coat pocket in front of a border guard is never a good idea.

I think I've decided on this one:

But I'm not sure about the crest. I prefer the silver to the gold, because it looks more like something from the 1960s, when people wore suits to fly Pan Am and got hot meals that were at least as good as the Horn & Hardart.

My one paranoid thought is that it advertises that I'm an American. I don't intend to travel to any war zones, but is it just foolish for me to be concerned about attracting the attention of people who would be inclined to harrass Americans because of their disagreement with our government's policies?
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I just bought the Smythson model last week. It does help a little in that it stores the passport and boarding passes together, which reduces fumbling in security lines. It also fits nicely into my shirt pocket.
I also thought about the American logo question and briefly thought of getting another logo, but decided not to. The passport itself is easily identifiable as American, and the few times I would have to pull the passport out it's very unlikely anyone close enough to see it wouldn't also surmise my nationality, anyway - it would just look strange to have another country's logo on the cover. Maybe you could just get a non-logoed cover, but I doubt that you'd encounter anyone resentful enough of the US that they'd bother to take it out on you personally. As you often hear, many foreigners like Americans, just not our governments policies and actions.
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