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Punta Cana International Airport Discussion

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21 June 2016 10:06:00 aebeemon83

I just got back fr om Punta Cana. I was traveling with my boyfriend, we were there for a week on vacation. I was selected for a "random security check." I went through security and they scanned my hands, apparently something showed up. They told me to have a seat. I asked what they were doing, and they said they were pulling my luggage to be searched. I was fine with this, knowing I had NOTHING in it. After 30 minutes I was escorted to a little room and asked for strip down for a search. I was completely searched by two women, who were asking me questions in Spanish, and could not understand me. The entire time I was completely naked while they poked and prodded me, and repeated they couldn't speak English. I asked for someone who spoke English, and they just kept saying they didn't understand. After this, I was lead back out to the waiting area, where I sat for an hour, they escorted me back to another room, where my suitcase was on a table. They had not even searched my luggage, yet, but had decided to strip search me, as well as pretty much do a cavity search or my person (digging in my mouth, telling me to bend over so they could see other areas, etc.). Mind you the entire time, NO ONE spoke English or could understand me, or at least they kept saying they couldn't speak English. Yet, they kept asking me questions. They searched my luggage, and found nothing, except for a bag of my prescription pills (blood pressure medicine, migraine prevention, and birth control, along with two bottles of vitamins.) After they packed everything back up, they sent me back out to wait.. My boyfriend and I were both asking them, how much longer this was going to take, because we had gotten to the airport three hours before our flight, and we were approaching the time our flight was about to leave. He kept telling them we were going to miss our flight, and they still told us nothing. They pulled me into a room again, this time with six people, one girl who spoke English. They asked me why I was in the country, where I worked, what my job was, how long I had been there, why I had all of the medicine in my bag, what they were for, and wh ere my prescription was (In the U.S. we give those to the pharmacist and they give us the bottles with our names on them.) I explained this. They kept for for another 20 minutes asking me the same questions over and over again. It was a horrendous experience. I kept asking them what they had found that had warranted them doing a strip search BEFORE checking my luggage that had obviously come up with nothing. And why it took them three hours to get me a person who spoke English. They eventually let me go, only to have to be escorted to our plane, which they did hold for us, due to they were holding me. The girl that spoke English finally said that my birth control had left something on my hands and they had set off an alarm. When we got to the states my boyfriend Googled what the machine was checking for, and apparently it checks for explosives? I still have no idea what they found or why they kept me for over three hours. I just know that I felt and do feel completely violated by the fact that I was strip searched and they touched my body, without even checking my luggage! It seems to me that would be the last effort, not the first! I had already been through the detectors and everything else. Our vacation was amazing, but this experience was awful.

10 March 2015 06:03:00 Not a happy camper won't go there again and warning others

My husband and I ate at the Wendy's yesterday in Punta Cana airport just before our flight home and I within hours of eating became very I'll all last night and today. Not only did we pay $20 for lunch but to have food poisoning is not fun. People can die from this. Something needs to be addressed as I have seen other reviews on sickness as well. Proper hand washing, proper quality control on food preparation and heating temperatures etc

18 October 2014 05:10:00 Guest

i am going to punta cana how long is custmon and security check do they open your suitcase going in and do they open your suitcase going out and how is your things safe please help

18 October 2014 05:10:00 Guest

Eileen : I got home from Punta Cana only to discover that my TSA approved lock had been broken and was missing, and the zippers of my luggage were clipped too. I appreciate having to do security checks but now I can't even lock my luggage and my expensive lock is missing! wow what if your suitcase is lock

08 January 2014 10:01:00 Gurleen

Wendy, I am soooo happy you put that post up on the gran bahia's site! STUNNING!!!!Not only were you amazing to work with, but the ">"> pcurites are FABUUUULOUS! I am sitting here with tears running down my cheeks!THANK YOU ~ THANK YOU ~ THANK YOU!My Bestest Girl and her Bestest Guy have the very bestest wedding day & TTD pics EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

03 June 2013 10:06:00 Eileen

I got home from Punta Cana only to discover that my TSA approved lock had been broken and was missing, and the zippers of my luggage were clipped too. I appreciate having to do security checks but now I can't even lock my luggage and my expensive lock is missing!

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