Due to a previous conviction, someone in my party could not get an ESTA, so they have a B2 visa. I know that when entering the USA, if you have a conviction, immigration will usually pull you in and question you, but my question is - will they do this when flying from state to state or is it just when entering the USA?

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There are no border checkpoints at all between states within the US. After your B2 holder enters the US, they should have no further problems while they remain inside the US borders.

In some places near land borders (with Mexico and Canada), there are CBP checkpoints where they will double check your documentation, if you are travelling by road. If your B2 holder has been admitted, these should not pose any further problem.

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    There are still no border checkpoints when flying. Very rarely you might encounter CBP agents upon arriving at your destination, but they would most likely be looking for somebody very specific who they know is on that plane. Commented Dec 13, 2023 at 23:19
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    @Emma1234 it doesn't change anything. There are no immigration checks for domestic flights. TSA checks ID -- which for most people on a B-2 visa can only be a passport -- to ensure that the traveler is the person named on the boarding pass. That's it. (If the traveler's conviction is related to terrorism, they might be on the no-fly list, but if that's the case then they'll never get to the US as they will be unable to board the plane.
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 13, 2023 at 23:22
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    "Very rarely you might encounter CBP agents upon arriving at your destination": this happened once as far as I'm aware, and it was so irregular that it made national news.
    – phoog
    Commented Dec 13, 2023 at 23:23
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    I've been through a couple of CBP road checkpoints recently and if you look even halfway normal they don't bother to stop you. But of course if you are within 100 miles of any border technically the CBP can check you.
    – Peter M
    Commented Dec 13, 2023 at 23:25
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    @phoog The US Border Patrol is part of the CBP. Green or blue, it's the same agency.
    – littleadv
    Commented Dec 14, 2023 at 0:02

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