It is interesting to note that not all passports are created equal. As I watched all the Albanians cut in line in front of me at the airport, I took note of the people checking passports. There was a separate line for EU residents. Those people got thru the line on average in 3.2 seconds. No stamp was even needed. And there were some Americans in front of me in my line. They got thru in about 3.3 seconds. But when someone showed up with an Albanian passport, it seemed like it took forever to get their stamp. And some didn't even get a stamp and were instead escorted by an agent to "secondary". Maybe if they would stop cutting in line, they would have had easier access in to Italy.......just saying. Being nice opens doors. And poor Italy is being flooded with refugees these days. It probably doesn't make the news in the US (like the bus crash that happened today here in Peru that killed 55 people), but people are literally dying to get in to Italy. Political refugees are floating on boats from places like Syria and Somalia trying to escape their countries. Italy has been flooded with these people that I am sure it would prefer not to have. And many boats have sunk along the way, killing hundreds. So its nice having an USA passport. It opens doors, makes waiting in lines shorter and says to the world, I won't cut in line or need to float on a raft to get in to a country.