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auwaterfowler
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Departed Punta Cana airport today and my wife got flagged for a random security screening

The Customs agent took us through a door and as we were walking asked if I could tip him, so I put $20 in his hand. He proceeds to lead us to the very front of the security line. Once through, she had to get her hands swabbed for what I assume was to test for drugs. No problems there, though I half expected to get asked for another “tip”. Is getting shaken down by Customs in Punta Cana a normal thing?


TheOcean
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re: Departed Punta Cana airport today and my wife got flagged for a random security screening
My buddy got caught with weed in the cancun airport (vape pen). Customs guy blocked the camera and signaled for him to put cash in the luggage. Let him go without any issues.

That's my big knock against Mexico -- the corruption


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re: Departed Punta Cana airport today and my wife got flagged for a random security screening
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That's my big knock against Mexico -- the corruption


Sounds like a pro in this situation and not a knock.

Getting shook down when you did nothing wrong is awful.

Being able to grease a wheel for better service and convenience is awesome. Looking at you, Southeast Asia.
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kciDAtaE
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re: Departed Punta Cana airport today and my wife got flagged for a random security screening
Chances are it was a normal random screening. Not a shakedown. Perhaps your $20 got you ahead of some folks. Perhaps not.

No issues when I went to DR. And we looked like we should be the people that would get a “random” screening.

ETA…Why would you “pay-off” a customs agent if you weren’t doing anything illegal? Were you late for the flight?
This post was edited on 10/25 at 8:13 pm


Coater
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re: Departed Punta Cana airport today and my wife got flagged for a random security screening
PC airport is sketchy imo



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TheDeathValley
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re: Departed Punta Cana airport today and my wife got flagged for a random security screening
Family and I are flying through PUJ in February. I’ll be sure to have a $20 handy.


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auwaterfowler
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re: Departed Punta Cana airport today and my wife got flagged for a random security screening
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Why would you “pay-off” a customs agent if you weren’t doing anything illegal? Were you late for the flight?


Not late for a flight. I know that bribes, or “tips”, are very common in the Caribbean in general, and I was a foreigner in their country who wanted to be able to get home as planned, so it was a pretty easy decision for me.


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diat150
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re: Departed Punta Cana airport today and my wife got flagged for a random security screening
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Sounds like a pro in this situation and not a knock. Getting shook down when you did nothing wrong is awful. Being able to grease a wheel for better service and convenience is awesome.


For sure


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hoopsgalore
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re: Departed Punta Cana airport today and my wife got flagged for a random security screening
Something relatively similar happened to me leaving Punta Cana, but security swabbed my hands and took me to a back room. Pulled my checked luggage to search

Gate agent from United spoke good English and ended up coming back after about 20 minutes. Once everything was cleared up, basically got taken right through security.

Odd experience. Whatever.
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ColoradoAg03
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re: Departed Punta Cana airport today and my wife got flagged for a random security screening
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she had to get her hands swabbed for what I assume was to test for drugs


Explosive chemicals


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HollierThanThou
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re: Departed Punta Cana airport today and my wife got flagged for a random security screening
$20 to skip the line?

I'm in.

The airport offers a VIP experience, basically get a lounge while everyone else goes through security, but its like $100 each way. You got off cheap imo because last trip through PUJ security was a shite show.
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cgrand
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re: Departed Punta Cana airport today and my wife got flagged for a random security screening
last time I flew out of CUN I tipped a guy 100 bucks and he took us and our bags from the curb all the way thru security and to the gate, basically without stopping

well worth it as I had a pretty good stash in my bag


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re: Departed Punta Cana airport today and my wife got flagged for a random security screening
Are you sure this was customs and not security? Sounds like you gave him $20 for nothing. The hand swabbing tests for explosive, incendiary chemicals. I used to see farmers set the alarms off all the time due to trace residue from fertilizers and chemicals they frequently come into contact with.


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re: Departed Punta Cana airport today and my wife got flagged for a random security screening
Just better hope you don't get four S's on your boarding pass. That's the mark of a pain in the arse day.


auwaterfowler
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re: Departed Punta Cana airport today and my wife got flagged for a random security screening
She indeed had 4 S’s on her boarding pass.
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Saint Alfonzo
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re: Departed Punta Cana airport today and my wife got flagged for a random security screening
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Just better hope you don't get four S's on your boarding pass. That's the mark of a pain in the arse day.

This has happened to me a few times.


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riverdiver
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re: Departed Punta Cana airport today and my wife got flagged for a random security screening
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The hand swabbing tests for explosive, incendiary chemicals. I used to see farmers set the alarms off all the time due to trace residue from fertilizers and chemicals they frequently come into contact with.


We were flying out of Atlanta to Arizona about 12 years ago, we missed the flight because something in my 10 year old daughter’s makeup stuff triggered positive for some sort of explosives when they scanned her hands


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