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It is true that in our country we are guaranteed certain rights as Americans. When it comes search & seizure the laws state that there must be probable cause & paperwork before anyone can be searched. However, that all goes out the window when you are dealing with US customs regulations. Custom agents have a right to do a total search without needing any probable cause. Though that doesn't mean you are destined for a strip search every time you come back to the states. Since there are so many people coming and going through this country most searches are completely random. Though, officials still try to pay close attention to everyone. If you give them a reason they will search you. So to avoid an unnecessary hour of detainment at the airport its best make sure you are honest, friendly and have nothing to hide.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|