- 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:
- Perfumes or oils
- Cell phones and beepers
- 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.
Note: 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)
Note: 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.’