If you have a passport, leaving the country is easy.
But what many travelers don’t realize is that coming back could be more difficult than you might think.
Under current regulations, U.S. citizens can be asked to discuss their travels in detail.
This includes what you did, who you spoke with—and to.
And you’re not protected under the Fourth Amendment when you return home.
Translation: what might be considered unreasonable search and seizure outside the airport is perfectly legal at the U.S. border.
And yes, customs officers can demand your password, go through your computer, and check your email.
This also applies to your smartphones—and those searches are growing.
In 2015 there were more than 8,000 searches.
By the end of this year, the number of searches will exceed 30,000.
While there are currently lawsuits against the Department of Homeland Security claiming that these searches were done without proper warrants, the practice still continues.
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