Customs asking where I work

I notice that Customs and Immigrations always asks where I work when I re-enter the US.  I guess it's one of those probing questions to see if they get a "red flag"response.  Don't remember that question coming up at all when I used to travel out of country years ago.  Anyone else always asked where you work when you re-enter your country?

Tags: Customs and Immigration

17 Answers

I have never been asked that...... good thing since I do not work anymore.

Hmmm interesting. I know I fall under at least one red flag category, single male traveling with only carry on luggage. I was pulled aside at Vancouver airport and asked extra questions a couple years ago and they were all about why I was alone and didn't check any luggage. It was only a three day cruise, didn't need much. Even a seven day I can shove everything into a carry on. My airline identification helped me in that situation as the employment question was one of several. I always carry that ID with me.

We've never been asked that.

The only time I was questioned was in Vancouver but not about employment ... they asked why I was traveling alone, where I'd been and where I was going ... I'd flown into Bellingham, WA and shuttled over the border. I basically "entered" and was exiting Canada to board the ship in a very short period of time. My main problem with it was the runaround I got at the terminal - being sent here and there.

Maybe I looked "unemployable" lol so they didn't ask ...

It's probing for mules. They usually travel alone when smuggling.

Ahhh didn't think of that. Makes sense now.


I'm not a Mule, but I have been called a Jack A$$. Wink

Never been asked, but then the DH and I look old enough to be retired.

No. It gives them something to do since they don't get to read our email, phone calls or read our text messages. That department is still working in being able to hear thoughts.


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