Fernando Ravsberg

Chaos at Havana's main airport.
Chaos at Havana’s main airport.

HAVANA TIMES – The tourist arriving in Cuba these days receives a warm welcome; the waiting area for luggage is without air conditioning. In any other airport you could say it is not such a big deal but Havana is a different story as we spent 90 minutes until the first bag appeared.

The chaos on Monday was much greater than in the past. It took 2 hours for the health inspectors to appear. People who brought food had to wait patiently because customs would not let them leave without their corresponding dried fruits passing inspection.

When we go through immigration, the only thing that seems to work at a normal speed, there was no information posted as which carousel our bags were to appear on.  After a while our flight number was put on above one of the bands and after waiting there 45 minutes we were changed to another carousel without notice.

Waiting for their baggage.
Waiting for their baggage.

In fact there weren’t that many passengers, just about 4 flights. Seeing the chaos I was wondering what will happen in the future when US tourism is no longer prohibited and booms? What will happen when they receive 10 aircraft at the same time? How long with the tourists have to wait?

Is the energy crisis so serious that they leave the airport without air conditioning when it is crowded with tourists? This is the face of Cuba, the first a tourist sees. Leaving them in a fish bowl, dripping with sweat and waiting three hours for their luggage does not seem the best incentive to return.

10 thoughts on “Arriving in Cuba, Be Prepared to Wait

  • August 1, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    Sorry Richard, I was combining the two posts.

    That said my point stands. The situation was not by any means “traumatic” and there was zero reason for Balbina to be “freaked out.”

    If they want to be a drama queen, fine. But their reaction has no basis in reality.

  • August 1, 2016 at 10:08 am

    I think you combining what Balbina wrote and what I wrote. My response was only to you, and it was simply to suggest that your question points only to what an individual knows subjectively. Objectively, especially for my African-American friends and colleagues, personal knowledge of one’s innocence does not guarantee one’s safety. One is still categorized by some others as potentially dangerous.

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