• Customs staff should be stern and directive.
  • Customs may wish to emphasize the arbitrariness of power by searching some bags thoroughly and letting others pass through with a casual inspection.
  • As each woman’s bag is searched, Customs should confiscate all of following items, which are on the Do Not Bring List:
    • Food
    • Snacks
    • Make-up
    • Perfumes or oils
    • Deodorant
    • Cell phones and beepers
    • Computers
    • Alcohol
    • Cigarettes (Women who are smokers are to have discussed this with Registrar)
    • Recreational drugs
    • Weapons, mace, pepper spray
    • Watches, jewellery including wedding rings
    • Hair dryers
  • All confiscated items should be placed in a bag and labelled securely with the woman’s letter name and placed in a secure location.

 Some participants may have received special permission to retain items normally regarded as contraband. Check the list.

Over-the-counter medications are included on the Do Not Bring List. However, Customs should not confiscate any prescription or over- the-counter medicines, dietary supplements, vitamins or items that are noted to have been pre-cleared with the Registrar (e.g., breast pump, etc)

 Be clear and simple in your orders. Do not say ‘please’, ‘could you’ etc… just ‘Open your bag’, ‘What’s this?’, etc.
Toilet bags are great for taking loads away; just say, ‘You won’t be needing this.’

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