by Isaac Taylor

Border control sign requiring visitors to check inDid you know that border protection agents have near-free rein over your personal belongings if you’re traveling into the United States? Does that seem shocking or even a little invasive? How did this come to be? This episode of One-Time Pod aims to answer those questions by addressing the origin of the border exception as well as to raise new ones regarding our attempts to maintain our privacy in an ever-changing world.


Alasaad v. McAleenan: Federal District court RULES suspicionless searches of smart phones at U.S. ports of ENTRY UNCONSTITUTIONAL. (2020, January 05). Retrieved April 30, 2021, from

ALASAAD v. Nielsen – Exhibit 1: Declaration of Plaintiff GHASSAN ALASAAD. (2021, April 23). Retrieved April 30, 2021, from

The border search muddle. (2019, June 01). Retrieved April 30, 2021, from

Dec 23, 2. (2019, December 30). Federal, state court rulings on whether BIOMETRICS protected by Fifth Amendment GET murky: Biometric update. Retrieved April 30, 2021, from

Ghassan and Nadia Alasaad. (n.d.). Retrieved April 30, 2021, from

Keller, J. (2020, May 30). How to quickly disable face ID and Touch ID on iPhone and iPad. Retrieved April 30, 2021, from

Meyers, J. (2018, August 06). How to quickly Disable FINGERPRINTS & smart lock in Android pie for extra security. Retrieved April 30, 2021, from

Audio Sources:

  • “Ocean Waves – ambient music” from
  • “Ambient Piano and Pad – Ambient Piano Music” from
  • “NightLife – Michael Kobrin” from
  • “Espace, libre, mystére, intrigue, instrument, instruments – Jacques Barrette” from
  • “Sea Waves” from Soundbible
  • “Shoresbirds Talking on Beach” from Soundbible
  • “Crowd Chatter 01” from Soundgator

Links to Helpful Websites:

Image: Report to US Customs and Border Protection,” Tony Webster, Flickr, CC BY-SA