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#121 colleentf09

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 12:55 AM

So this might be a silly question, but what is the red light/green light and what determines if you get one or the other?

#122 calgarybride2015

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 06:55 AM

It's a button you push when standing with a customs officer. Seriously it's just a big button. If it's green you walk thru, if it's red you get searched. It's just a 50/50 chance there is nothing behind it. I am certain they can search you if they feel appropriate otherwise it's a 50/50 luck of the draw.


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#123 kmk2016

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Posted 15 November 2014 - 07:47 AM

It's a button you push when standing with a customs officer. Seriously it's just a big button. If it's green you walk thru, if it's red you get searched. It's just a 50/50 chance there is nothing behind it. I am certain they can search you if they feel appropriate otherwise it's a 50/50 luck of the draw.


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Agreed, although it's random (I've seen a 5 yr old kid get the red light after his parents both got green), I do believe there is a way for the officer to make it go red if they need to check you. But that may be the conspiracy theorist in me!

#124 murmel

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Posted 16 November 2014 - 07:58 AM

Agreed, although it's random (I've seen a 5 yr old kid get the red light after his parents both got green), I do believe there is a way for the officer to make it go red if they need to check you. But that may be the conspiracy theorist in me!

Hee hee. There is some truth in that. Customs officers ALWAYS have the right to inspect your bags.(and if they want to inspect you, they will ask to see your bags, even if you haven't pushed the button at all) The green/red light is just a way to have random searches otherwise. So if you are bringing a ton of stuff or the customs officers think there is something they want to look at, they will.


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#125 forevertogether

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 08:27 AM

Here is my letter that I am placing with my wedding items:

 

 

Attention Customs Agent:

 

These items are NOT intended for retail.  These items will be used for the Derby wedding which is being held at the Gran Porto Real is Playa Del Carmen Mexico. I have attached a spreadsheet listing each item and dollar amount and also receipts for each item. If you have questions please contact our onsite wedding coordinator:

Denys Madrigal

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Thank you very much

 

 

Atención Agente de Aduanas :

 

Estos artículos no están destinados para el comercio minorista . Estos elementos se utilizan para la boda Derby que se celebra en el Gran Porto Real Playa del Carmen es México . He adjuntado una hoja de cálculo que cada artículo y cantidad en dólares y también recibos de cada elemento. Si tiene alguna pregunta por favor póngase en contacto con nuestro coordinador de bodas en el sitio :

 

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#126 candle23

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 08:37 AM

Your letter is very thorough, however, they move very veery quickly when they want to check your bags. We got the red light, and with seven bags we had to get them up on the table and open them and answer their questions which were pretty simple...our answer, it's for our wedding was basically it. They whole 'search' lasted about 3 minutes and most of that was us getting the bags open and then reclosed.

#127 forevertogether

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Posted 12 December 2014 - 08:39 AM

I figured so!! I'd just rather be safe than sorry!






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