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    Quote Originally Posted by vallond View Post
    On my last visit after waiting for close to 45 minutes for luggage to come down the conveyor belt, we had to join a long line to have our luggage scanned. On my previous trips I always got waved through.
    It happened to us back in April, but in August we left airport within 30 minutes.

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    on my april visit everyone going thru had to have their luggage scanned. that was the first in 20+ years even being stopped, we have been waved thru everytime so it was a little weird, and took at least 45 minutes extra, on top of the already long wait for luggage, but i guess i have to agree, especially since the amount of visitors to aruba is on the rise it would behoove the immigrations folks to try to stop any unwanted contraband from being brought in.
    on our may trip we were waved thru without being scanned and we were even carrying bags from duty-free, guy looked right at them and still waved us thru...think its just a hit or miss.....mayb if a lot of planes are arriving at one time they pick a couple and if you're in the unlucky pick of the wheel then you wait.
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    Happened upon these lines when we arrived in May- on a Monday afternoon- it made leaving the airport a long drawn out experience. We did not end up having our luggage scanned but the lines were soooo long trying to exit. My husband made the remark that it was a very unwelcoming first impression. He was rather cranky as we took the later flight out so we were missing any beach time we might have gotten that afternoon( and I think he was already coming down with pneumonia). I am hoping we don't run into this next May( we are traveling on Saturday).

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    having lines and inconveniences DO indeed make it an unwelcoming first impression.

    is there just one scanner?


    Quote Originally Posted by Jayshea View Post
    Happened upon these lines when we arrived in May- on a Monday afternoon- it made leaving the airport a long drawn out experience. We did not end up having our luggage scanned but the lines were soooo long trying to exit. My husband made the remark that it was a very unwelcoming first impression. He was rather cranky as we took the later flight out so we were missing any beach time we might have gotten that afternoon( and I think he was already coming down with pneumonia). I am hoping we don't run into this next May( we are traveling on Saturday).

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    yes andrea, just one....which makes matters worse when they make everyone go thru the line.....scan or no scan
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    I fail to understand why the Arubans and their officials are so intent on putting tourists through major inconveniences such as this. I have certainly had my moments with them over the last 15 yrs. It was fine but has gotten worse in the last 2-3 years. I would think that a better application of their thin financial resources would be better directed at crime prevention in the tourist areas...Palm each, Baby Beach, Mangel Alto, etc. or dealing with the almost nightly arrivals of small boats on the south shore that are suspected of bringing in illegal immigrants or drugs.

    So what if a tourist has an extra bottle or 2 of their favorite liquor or extra cigarettes? It seems lost on the misinformed officials who implement these obstacles, that these very same "smugglers" are the ones who spend in the casinos, restaurants, rental car companies, hotels etc. and pay the workers tips.

    Yes, it is important to have security and Aruba should have security for everyone's sake....tourist and local alike. The trouble seems to be that when a new technology arrives or a new procedure, the ones in charge with operating or following that procedure get over zealous. Just like a kid with a new toy.....play with it intensively at the beginning before it becomes old hat and boring.

    If indeed the scanning process is creating a bottleneck and creating an atmosphere of tension and annoyance, I hope those in authority perform a review and install a fix.

    We all want a safe and pleasant time in Aruba.

    Finally, it is the Aruban's country. They can and will do what they want. I personally hope that there is an understanding how some simple processes on paper may not interpret into efficient and friendly operations and that they review and fix what probably wasn't broken in the beginning.
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    Unfortunately it is just a sign of the times. Better safe than sorry. I had a connector going to Aruba - no one asked me about the cups in my suitcase till the exit scan at AUA. Just extra security for the good of everyone.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jacki View Post
    Unfortunately it is just a sign of the times. Better safe than sorry. I had a connector going to Aruba - no one asked me about the cups in my suitcase till the exit scan at AUA. Just extra security for the good of everyone.
    Hi Jacki, not to be argumentative, but I wonder just how effective it is to just focus on airport arrivals. What about Cruise ships? Private launches etc.

    I experienced this in Cuba. Main focus was on weapons or subversive materials ( Playboy?????)

    My point is that they should use the scanner appropriately and maybe not on everyone.
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    Gotcha - I have no idea what the security for cruise ship entry would be, but I hope there is something.
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Re: cruise ships

    extensive security when boarding cruise ships.
    when boarding at home port (embarkation process) the TSA (if a USA departure point) calls the shots and it is similar to airline screening...however i do not remember if they even look at computers.
    when leaving the ship at ports of call, there is no screening other than scanning of sign/sail cards double check identifications.
    when boarding the ship at the port of call, all things carried are put thru a scanner and passengers are required to walk thru a metal detector and their id is checked. liquor is forbidden from being carried on. all liquor bought at a port of call is held til the last evening or early morning of cruise ..passengers pick it up then. (they want you buying their liquor onboard)


    absolutely better safe than sorry.

    maybe the aruba customs should take some instruction from usa customs as to how they decide who is to be scanned.
    or they can just do as they please making for some unhappiness and congestion, but ultimately just keeping all as safe as possible.

    kinda like damned if they do or damned if they don't.

    i prefer to be on the side of caution.

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