Yes,that is true about Jamaica. The Jamaican authorities check your belongings before you get back on the ship. And, of course, they are checked as you board the ship. I have been in many ports and don't remember being checked twice until Jamaica.
It's no big deal if you have nothing to hide.
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What surprised me at Montego Bay in 2006 was female guards (Jamaican) patting down male passengers at the one lane which didn't have a metal detector, but when female passengers came through the male guards appropriately didn't touch them.
No more word on the Antigua Six. The could face two years in prison but their lawyer says it is most likely going to be fines and expulsion.
After reading this, I'm surprised any locals will deal with any tourists at all. That is totally ridiculous. They sounded like they were all drunk and probably spent their money in a bar instead of paying their driver. He did what he was contracted to do. Do these individuals believe the gas is cheaper on the islands? I hope they fine them big time. I cannot believe people would actually stiff a driver, they wouldn't get away with it in the states. I do hope that this doesn't spoil it for the rest of us. Antigua is a great place with very friendly locals. I sure don't want that to change towards us.
The gasoline price is important. People go to these little islands and see shanties and poverty and assume they must have cheap fuel and food prices. And as most of us know, it is just the opposite since it is common for islands to have to import almost everything.