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Arriving PTY from US, no customs now?

Old Mar 13, 16, 1:06 pm
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Arriving PTY from US, no customs now?

Arrived pty yesterday from LAS, customs hall was still pretty empty, yet from my filght folks were diverted into a bypass line which just exited customs without doing the usual xray routine - this is not the 'green light/red light routine but human diverting traffic before entering the rope maze.

I arrive in PTY regularly and haven't seen US flights essentially skip the process before.

HAs there been a change in routine for US arrivals or was this perhaps a one-off?
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Old Mar 13, 16, 2:41 pm
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They never did pay much attention.,
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Old Mar 13, 16, 8:43 pm
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right, but this thread is about actually skipping any and all customs examination based on origin of flight, not about how their xrays (which they have stopped me over before, mainly books for obvious reasons) are or are not whatever.
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Old Mar 15, 16, 6:02 am
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An american colleague returned to PTY last weekend, not on a US flight, and an agent at the beginning of the customs rope maze diverted him around the xrays just by virtue of his US passport.
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Old Mar 15, 16, 8:20 am
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That is interesting - I didn't have my passport out at all but my customs form did say US for nationality. The key question was where our flight was from, though. Nothing about nationality.

Thanks, hopefully the criterion/criteria is clarified on this.
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Old May 2, 16, 6:06 am
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Two recent experiences. On a flight from the US, a guy was posted at the entry to the maze. Took my customs form, then waved me to a direct exit lane with no xray. On a flight not from the US, no such guy was posted, so I went through the maze and xray.
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Old Nov 6, 16, 4:28 pm
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it's back

This phenomenon persisted for a few more weeks after my previous post, then like many things at PTY it disappeared without a trace.

But, today I arrived and found that now both entry points to the customs maze have clearly signed by-pass exit lanes for passengers "on flights arriving from the USA." I wasn't coming from the US, so I didn't experience it, but I got the impression this wasn't a freely accessible exit, someone has to be there to check you out first.
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Old Nov 8, 16, 10:52 am
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Maybe this is how they are dealing with increased flow of mileage runners
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