I plan to travel out of the country with a family member person who doesn't know that I am married (we're both U.S citizens). When we go through U.S custom to scan passports, would the border patrol ask anything about my marriage, like

'Where is your wife?'


'Why is she not with you on this trip?'

Do they have access to this information? My wife and I have traveled abroad before so I don't know if the officials have kept a record of our travels together as a couple.

It would be awkward and a disaster since this family member person doesn't know about my marriage yet.

I know my passport doesn't show this information but I wonder if the officials have it their system and might ask.

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    I've never been asked anything like this. It seems highly unlikely. Surely immigration officers speak every day to hundreds of married people who are traveling without their spouses. – phoog Jul 27 '17 at 6:10
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    Essentially you are asking several yes/no questions and I can see @MarkMayo has fielded them (please mark it accepted if nobody else answers). You may want to frame any follow-up questions along the lines of should the interview go in that direction how to shut it down real quick. – Gayot Fow Jul 27 '17 at 6:50
  • Chances are they might ask are you travelling alone ? Then it is upto you. – DumbCoder Jul 27 '17 at 9:39
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    Every country I entered I always approached the immigration officer alone. Unless this is different in the USA, that other person will not even hear a single word of your conversation. – problemofficer Jul 27 '17 at 11:06
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    Do you think they have access to marriage status when they scanned your passport? I thought that they usually only run check against terrorist or criminal checklist or deny entries checklist... – user209663 Jul 27 '17 at 13:37

Is this trip for business or pleasure? Many colleagues travel together, so customs is likely to wonder if it's that. However we can't guarantee what they could ask. The most common questions would certainly be about your trip and your purpose, but frankly, they can ask whatever they want if they think it's useful to them.

There's some pretty out there examples on reddit as well about questions asked, so long short short, you can't guarantee.

In addition, as a commenter has pointed out, you generally can approach the counter individually anyway. Any conversation is usually out of earshot of the other passengers.

If it's at all a topic you plan on broaching with this person, it might be worth doing so before the trip, to avoid any awkward surprises.

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    It's a pleasure trip. We are leaving the U.S to go to another country for a short vacation. – user209663 Jul 27 '17 at 13:13
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    I suspect that the computer test is far less likely to be administered to US citizens, since their admissibility is not in question. Certainly nobody has ever asked me about my work when I was entering the US. Questions asked of US citizens are about the kind of customs inspection they'll be subjected to. – phoog Jul 28 '17 at 1:32

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