Laptop searches going in to US?

#1
Folks

I've heard reports that some people flying into the USA with laptops are getting their computers scanned/data copied etc. by the DHS.

Does anyone on here have any recent experience of this? I'm going to Hawaii (via LAX), and although the worst things on my laptop are mp3s, I'd prefer to know if I need to remove them before travelling.

Cheers
S-H
 
#2
Schleswig-Holstein said:
Folks

I've heard reports that some people flying into the USA with laptops are getting their computers scanned/data copied etc. by the DHS.

Does anyone on here have any recent experience of this? I'm going to Hawaii (via LAX), and although the worst things on my laptop are mp3s, I'd prefer to know if I need to remove them before travelling.

Cheers
S-H
Yeah right. :lol:
 
#5
It looks like they can search what they want. If that is a device with digital storage then it appears that they can take it away, copy it, and give it you back when they're good and done.
Just one of many articles doing the rounds is this one from The Register
 
#6
We were told about the possibility a few weeks ago and given an instruction to ask for a specific person (Security services/accredited?) to be present when the laptop was scanned. Sorry forgot who the person should be, will look for the reference when I get back to work and let you know if someone else doesn't answer in the interim. I believe a recent update to a specific JSP refers.

Depending upon the information on the laptop, discretion can be applied.
 
#7
Maninthestreet said:
It looks like they can search what they want. If that is a device with digital storage then it appears that they can take it away, copy it, and give it you back when they're good and done.
Just one of many articles doing the rounds is this one from The Register
Cheers folks, will look into this in more detail (and delete all the MP3s off the hard disk etc)
 
#8
PGP.
Or EFS encrypt & the whip the HDD out and put it in a separate bag with your socks to stop it getting busted.

I would PGP the HDD and remove it if you're worried about the detonator diagrams.
 
#9
Blinder said:
PGP.
Or EFS encrypt & the whip the HDD out and put it in a separate bag with your socks to stop it getting busted.

I would PGP the HDD and remove it if you're worried about the detonator diagrams.
I suspect that the offcier would ask for the key/password and if you didn't oblige, refuse you entry.

The big companies are issuing "clean" laptops for such visits.

Litotes
 
#11
I think I'll leave my HDD in place/unencrypted for just this reason (and the fact I like my bottom un-probed).

Has anyone in ARRSE-land flown into the US recently with a laptop? If so, did they ask owt?

I'm a lowly scientist attending a conference (in Hawaii!!!, hurrah!!), so have very little to hide, but would like to know the likelihood of someone wanting to scan my PC...
 
#14
That doesn't surprise me. I have mixed feelings about this sort of thing, yes I have nothing to hide but whats their objective? Can it be reached using this method? In short no.
 
#15
Schleswig-Holstein said:
I think I'll leave my HDD in place/unencrypted for just this reason (and the fact I like my bottom un-probed).

Has anyone in ARRSE-land flown into the US recently with a laptop? If so, did they ask owt?

I'm a lowly scientist attending a conference (in Hawaii!!!, hurrah!!), so have very little to hide, but would like to know the likelihood of someone wanting to scan my PC...
I regularly fly in, out and within the US, and have never been bothered. Nor have I heard of anyone having their laptop/phone/ipod impounded, except in newspaper scare stories.

On the other hand customs guys can pretty much do as they want, and if that involves fcuking you about - tough.

PB
 
#16
My brother in law lives in America (has done so for the last couple of years) and so far hasn't mentioned anyone scanning his laptop. He's over in a couple of days and I'll see what he has to say on the matter.
 
#17
Just came back from Washington, no issues with laptop at all, then again I was travelling officially so that may have helped. That said the customs/security (TSA?) etc were worse travelling cross country than on entry to the US.
 
#18
Have a clean laptop, and a hdd drive with all the other stuff on.
 
#19
Its wouldn't suprise me if this was the case, you get treated lower than snake shoite entering the US.

Surely there are laws against this though, what about confidential medical information carried on laptops, confidential commercial stuff, in fact what about the film of your wife inserting a beer bottle up her clack?

What do they do with this potentially huge amount of data, take it home and thrap over it

Scary scary bunch of lunatics
 
#20
This seems crazy

Does this mean that in addition to my laptop, my USB memory sticks, my mobile phone, my Ipod and the flash cards for my camera will all be whisked away and scanned for dodgy stuff???

There's an awful lot of kit out there capable of carrying data. I think that this would be difficult or next to impossible to police unless they where specifically looking for something and had been tipped off you where the bad guy.

Off to the US in a couple of weeks, so will report back then.

PoGs
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