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Privacy rights apply to travellers’ luggage, court says

You may assume that your privacy rights are moot once you enter an airport, and especially so after you watch your luggage drift further and further away from you on a conveyer belt. Yet interestingly, in R. v. Neyazi 2014 ONSC 6838, Ontario’s Superior Court has confirmed that we do in fact have privacy interests in our luggage when we enter an airport — substantial ones.

Mohammad Hasib Neyazi was charged with possession for the purpose of trafficking after 4,504 oxycodone tablets were found in his checked.

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