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    A number of years ago, maybe 10 I needed a brace for knee support (before I had it replaced) and I left my Don Joy side support neoprene brace in the ottoman in the room at the Radisson. Even though I called and emailed they never found it ? Maybe someone on the island is walking better now. Good thing it wasn't my custom carbon fiber model.
    A little off topic but one year when we were down with my daughter and her girl friend, I made the arrangements to have them stay at HI and we at the Radisson. Wellllll I forget the travel vouchers home and they wouldn't let us check in without them. Kudos to Players Choice, I called them and they fax's copies to both HI and Radisson and all was well. DW still to this day asks--"do you have the vouchers"

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    I’m a little late to this tread but this is my story.

    I lost my passport. When I got in line for Aruba immigration I went into my computer bag to get my passport where I swore I put it. It wasn't there. I was a nervous wreck and asked to get back on the plane thinking I left it on the empty plane seat next to me. Of course allowing me to go back to the plane was impossible. My friends had to wait over an hour with me while Airport personnel checked the plane. No passport. Finally they let us through.

    During our stay I checked my computer bag every day at least 10 times a day. Since I couldn’t find my passport I called DH to Fax me all the pages of an expired passport I kept. I also called my sister and told her about my lost passport. She was very upset (more than me) telling me that right away I had to get in touch with the Consulate. I didn’t because I didn’t want to waste precious vacation time going through the process of getting a new passport. I thought the worse that could happen was that my friends would go home to the good old U.S.A. and that I would have to stay in Aruba. Then I would deal with getting a new passport. To me, that wouldn’t have been the worst thing to happen if I had to stay in Aruba. LOL.

    On departure day my friends checked-in first and got their boarding pass. When I got to the airline counter I started telling them my story why I didn’t have a passport. I pulled out the Fax of the pages of my expired passport. They didn’t even look at the fax. They took my luggage and gave me my boarding pass with no problem. I also tried to show the fax to Aruba and U.S. customs. Again no one wanted to look at the fax or ask where my passport was. I breezed through every security check-point with no questions asked.

    Looking back I am surprised that they let me leave the island without passport as this happened Jan. 2005, 3 years after 9/11.

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    holy cow liz
    you were so lucky

    Quote Originally Posted by Liz - Aruba Lover View Post
    I’m a little late to this tread but this is my story.

    I lost my passport. When I got in line for Aruba immigration I went into my computer bag to get my passport where I swore I put it. It wasn't there. I was a nervous wreck and asked to get back on the plane thinking I left it on the empty plane seat next to me. Of course allowing me to go back to the plane was impossible. My friends had to wait over an hour with me while Airport personnel checked the plane. No passport. Finally they let us through.

    During our stay I checked my computer bag every day at least 10 times a day. Since I couldn’t find my passport I called DH to Fax me all the pages of an expired passport I kept. I also called my sister and told her about my lost passport. She was very upset (more than me) telling me that right away I had to get in touch with the Consulate. I didn’t because I didn’t want to waste precious vacation time going through the process of getting a new passport. I thought the worse that could happen was that my friends would go home to the good old U.S.A. and that I would have to stay in Aruba. Then I would deal with getting a new passport. To me, that wouldn’t have been the worst thing to happen if I had to stay in Aruba. LOL.

    On departure day my friends checked-in first and got their boarding pass. When I got to the airline counter I started telling them my story why I didn’t have a passport. I pulled out the Fax of the pages of my expired passport. They didn’t even look at the fax. They took my luggage and gave me my boarding pass with no problem. I also tried to show the fax to Aruba and U.S. customs. Again no one wanted to look at the fax or ask where my passport was. I breezed through every security check-point with no questions asked.

    Looking back I am surprised that they let me leave the island without passport as this happened Jan. 2005, 3 years after 9/11.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz - Aruba Lover View Post
    I’m a little late to this tread but this is my story.

    I lost my passport. When I got in line for Aruba immigration I went into my computer bag to get my passport where I swore I put it. It wasn't there. I was a nervous wreck and asked to get back on the plane thinking I left it on the empty plane seat next to me. Of course allowing me to go back to the plane was impossible. My friends had to wait over an hour with me while Airport personnel checked the plane. No passport. Finally they let us through.

    During our stay I checked my computer bag every day at least 10 times a day. Since I couldn’t find my passport I called DH to Fax me all the pages of an expired passport I kept. I also called my sister and told her about my lost passport. She was very upset (more than me) telling me that right away I had to get in touch with the Consulate. I didn’t because I didn’t want to waste precious vacation time going through the process of getting a new passport. I thought the worse that could happen was that my friends would go home to the good old U.S.A. and that I would have to stay in Aruba. Then I would deal with getting a new passport. To me, that wouldn’t have been the worst thing to happen if I had to stay in Aruba. LOL.

    On departure day my friends checked-in first and got their boarding pass. When I got to the airline counter I started telling them my story why I didn’t have a passport. I pulled out the Fax of the pages of my expired passport. They didn’t even look at the fax. They took my luggage and gave me my boarding pass with no problem. I also tried to show the fax to Aruba and U.S. customs. Again no one wanted to look at the fax or ask where my passport was. I breezed through every security check-point with no questions asked.

    Looking back I am surprised that they let me leave the island without passport as this happened Jan. 2005, 3 years after 9/11.
    That was very lucky!

    Did you ever find your passport?

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    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    That was very lucky!

    Did you ever find your passport?
    I forget to finish my story. LOL. YES my passport was found, but it was 6 months later. I needed to get a new passport as I owned a travel tour company and I had three Canadian tours coming up. On the last trip coming home from Nova Scotia our last stop was a rest area for a bathroom/fast food break. After the break when everyone got back on the bus, my bus driver of over 10 years (and all my drivers before him) knew to stay off the bus as my routine was that is when I would announce that I would start collecting for the bus drivers tip. My bus drivers would fiddle around outside the bus until he heard me finish my announcement.

    Well, my driver gets on the bus holding up a passport in my face. It took me a few minutes to register that it was my passport. OMG where did you get that I asked Bill. He said in your computer bag. LOL. It was in a side pocket that I was sure that I looked into a hundred times in Aruba. I was in shock that I never asked him "why where you in my personal belongings".

    P.S. I just remembered another lost passport lost money and a stolen laptop. Stories to continue.
    Last edited by Liz - Aruba Lover; 07-17-2015 at 09:11 PM.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Liz - Aruba Lover View Post
    I forget to finish my story. LOL. YES my passport was found, but it was 6 months later. I needed to get a new passport as I owned a travel tour company and I had three Canadian tours coming up. On the last trip coming home from Nova Scotia our last stop was a rest area for a bathroom/fast food break. After the break when everyone got back on the bus, my bus driver of over 10 years (and all my drivers before him) knew to stay off the bus as my routine was that is when I would announce that I would start collecting for the bus drivers tip. My bus drivers would fiddle around outside the bus until he heard me finish my announcement.

    Well, my driver gets on the bus holding up a passport in my face. It took me a few minutes to register that it was my passport. OMG where did you get that I asked Bill. He said in your computer bag. LOL. It was in a side pocket that I was sure that I looked into a hundred times in Aruba. I was in shock that I never asked him "why where you in my personal belongings".

    P.S. I just remembered another lost passport lost money and a stolen laptop. Stories to continue.
    Thanks for finishing your story! I "knew" your passport would show up somewhere! LOL. And I can completely relate to the "I looked a hundred times there..." and all of a sudden, it's popping up right there! Like "magic"! We must be related in some way! Hahaha!

    Thanks for the great story!

    Btw: I'm the same way, collecting a tip for the driver/tour guide after a fabulous trip!

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