- Jul 1, 2019
This should work:
Here's how secondary screening works at U.S. airports, when you get an "SSSS" on your boarding pass.
I totally agree, and I've been back to the US a few times after 1 year+ in Indonesia, I've been sent to the line with all the brown people and head coverings, had a few seemingly extra questions about my business and income in Indonesia, but that's it. No interview room, no bags searched.No, I don’t think it is common for US citizens to be asked questions in an interview room if they’re gone for 6 months.
That's only half true. A US citizen entering the US does not have to answer questions, but you should expect a long detainment and similar troubles on all future entries. Citizens are not required to unlock devices, but the current laws/regulations/court decisions do allow them to confiscate any device you refuse to unlock.US citizens don’t have to answer any questions at all, and can refuse to have devices inspected. I guess they could get a warrant to inspect a device, but it’s very uncommon.
The second thing I remember was that the genius who was doing the questioning asked me what the last Middle Eastern country I had been to was. Since I was hoping they wouldn't see my Iran visa I said Sri Lanka, to which he replied "that's fine"!