I have done plenty of international travel in my lifetime. In the last 12 months alone, I have flown over 75,000 miles, all international, at least 10 countries (I've lost count). I've crossed countless borders, passports control, all of that. And an observation hit me recently: I haven't had my bag checked or seen anyone else's bag checked at customs in all of those miles!
Does customs check anyone's bags any more?
You would think that in all of that travel, it would have happened to me at least once. Or have seen other people that have been stopped. But every customs in every airport I've been in has been empty or lightly staffed or simply not used. I just walk right by and no one says anything.
My gut tells me that bag checks & x-rays that they do behind the scenes (and maybe even some of the passenger tracking) has become very sophisticated and those "public" checks are no longer needed. I mean, surely they have to be doing some sort of checks, right? So, what's going on here?