✅ Trip Verified
| I have been using the Las Americas Airport for more than 18 years and over recent years with much more trepidation. On my last departure, the Friday before Christmas, I arrived before 3pm for a flight to Madrid leaving at 5.20pm, travelling business class. After clearing security it took more than 70 minutes to get through the immigration people and at 4.15 I was called to go to the departure gate where I was escorted to the downstairs baggage area because I was told they wished to search my bag which was not locked. I could see my suitcase but no one wanted to sit down so I waited for more than 30 minutes and there I witnessed young security men opening cases and throwing items all over the table and floor. They opened Christmas presents of people flying to Europe, they opened cigarette packets and emptied the cigarettes on the table, they opened baby food and destroyed much, and laughed in the faces of the passengers. Finally I saw a terminal worker from my airline and asked her to try to get someone to inspect my case. A customs official came and found only clothes and wanted to know why my case needed to be inspected when it had gone through the x-ray machines as had all the other cases. I was the last person to board my flight and the flight attendants all told me of their dread of Santo Domingo airport, try to avoid it.