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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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This is exactly why frequent travellers do not use a passport cover. I would not worry about the wear and tear on the cardboard. If you use your passport frequently enough, you will have filled up all the pages before your cardboard gets shredded.

Do not worry about showing the crest on your passport. It won't matter because people will spot in an instant that you are an American anyway, with or without inspecting your passport.

Plus, you would not want to cause irritation to other travellers by holding up the queue while you fumble to get your passport out of the fussy cover. THAT is more likely to provoke ire than the bird on the cover.
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