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    Security Checkpoints in AUA

    I have been meaning to ask this question everytime I return home. Does anyone know why there are two security checkpoints at the airport? Thanks.

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    Yes, there are two: one for the Aruban government and one for the U.S. government.

    As detailed here

    Entering & Departing Aruba

    http://www.airportaruba.com/images/Maps/Ground%20Floor%20MCA%20New.JPG

    Procedure for Aruba departures at Reina Beatrix Airport:
    • Check in at your airline
    • Enter the main building and go through Aruba immigration
    • Go through Aruba Security/xray checkpoint
    • Duty free shopping
    • Retrieve you luggage
    • Take your luggage and go through US Immigration
    • US Customs- may or may not approach you to examine luggage
    • Once cleared by US Customs, you will place your luggage onto the conveyor belt to be placed on the airplane
    • Then proceed through the second security/xray checkpoint (see map link above) which is the US TSA checkpoint



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    It just seems kind of redundant. Once you pass through the first security check, it's not like you can leave and re-enter the airport. Just a comment.

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    the good thing about it is when you get back home, you don't have to go through customs. so once you get off the plane in the usa, you're home free....and its not that bad. maybe its easier for us because we have only carry on but I love once we land in the usa, we just walk out the door...

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    Not so crazy when you think about it. When you collect your suitcase to go through customs you could remove a weapon from the suitcase. Bingo second screening for weapons.

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    It is like trying to explain when departing Aruba, once you have passed through US Immigrations and Customs, you are officially back in the U.S.

    Everyone has their own set of laws and regulations.

    As Gaby stated no need to pass through Customs upon arrival at your U.S. gate. Even more handy if you have a connecting flight.

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    It has been explained why yhe US Customs.

    The Aruba one is for all the other airlines not flying to the USA
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    I agree. Nothing worse than arriving back in the US and spending another two hours at customs and immigration. Would be nice if more destinations folowed suit.

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    it is what it is and we are inconvenienced slightly more in aruba but we are safer as a result and do not have to pass thru US customs back in the usa.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hstvns View Post
    Would be nice if more destinations folowed suit.
    It is the choice of U.S. Department of Homeland Security where to place the preclearance facilities in cooperation with the countries of departure.

    http://www.cbp.gov/xp/cgov/newsroom/...08132002_2.xml

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