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Old Aug 23, 12, 4:01 am
Join Date: Jun 2005
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At Narita:
- I've had my bags opened on at least two occasions
- On one of those occasions I had to pay a few hundred yen to import an item
- I've seen people being escorted away from the general customs area
- I've seen sniffer dogs near the baggage carousels
- I've met people who told me they'd had items confiscated

Of course, I don't see what goes on behind the scenes. But on the surface, this doesn't strike me as less aggressive than what I experience at US airports. At ORD last week, for example, the person in front of me I handed over her customs form and was directed to step aside for a bag inspection. I was told to go on my way.
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