Thoughts in UK

I have about 14 hours until I depart London for Las Vegas. 14 hours to sit on an airline for another 10.
At least airlines and hotels understand international business. Apparently American banks have yet to figure out the global information economy. My credit card was declined while shopping today. So I call  (the US number because the International one doens’t work) and end up going round and round with people because they claim that in order for them to turn off the fraud protection I should have called them before I went to London.
Ok, fine. Then why did my card work in Manchester and Belfast earlier this year without incident I asked them. They told me that they couldn’t explain it.
Some fraud protection.  

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