Fact: American Airlines Flight AA1089 Miami-Barbados 26 September 2007

Welcome To Barbados! 

“The Government of Barbados has refused to supply the forms (immigration and customs) to American Airlines and has also refused to allow us to print the forms”

Senior Flight attendant advising the passengers on a nearly full flight TODAY!

On arrival at GAIA no customs forms were available.

A number of prominent Barbadians were on this flight and can confirm this statement.

Can the Minister of Tourism please urgently advise what is the current position of issuing landing cards and customs declaration forms to passengers on our largest American carrier servicing Barbados?


Filed under Barbados, Barbados Tourism, Traveling and Tourism

6 responses to “Fact: American Airlines Flight AA1089 Miami-Barbados 26 September 2007

  1. Wishing in Vain

    You really think that Lynch would know or care if they had forms available or not?
    That does not give him a positive TV image or an opportunity to ruffle his feathers on TV, then again he may consider this not a matter that he should lower himself to address as that is below his level.

  2. Anonymous

    I was once told a story about a Grenadian lawyer who refused to fill out G’da. immigration forms, when he was re-entering G’da,
    arguing “SHOW ME where it is written in law, that such forms must be filled out!”.
    Apparently, he had basis for his argument
    (the guy is a lawyer, so he should know).

    What I’m saying is that presumably(?) the same situation exists in Barbados,
    seeing as these islands all have similar legalities.
    And presumably these idiot forms(for statistics only) are really and truly un-necessary, and Gov’t. well knows this.

    What are going to do? Line everyone up at the Airport and refuse them entry,
    when one’s passport is for exactly that reason…
    i.e. to PASS the PORT of entry…??

  3. ninemikemike

    It is a truly ridiculous requirement for citizens returning to their home to have to bother with this stupid form. The lines at BGI are long enough without adding locals to the queue. I have spent an hour on occasion in the returning nationals line, whereas if you arrive at LHR with an EU passport, they check the picture briefly, no form, you’re done. They have a terrorist threat, we don’t.
    Junk the form for nationals.

  4. frankology

    Isn’t it not mandatory for airlines to pay for these forms ? Based on your opening statement; “The Government of Barbados has refused to supply the forms (immigration and customs)…” were these forms readily available or the airline had intention of copying the said forms? Just asking before I start crucifying unnecessarily.
    Please note that I am not associated with any political party, I am just bringing fair commentary since bias information could damage our island due to those with political agendas. Enough said!

  5. Thewhiterabbit


    The absence of immigration forms on an AA flight really doesn’t merit the same level of emotional energy as secret Orders in Council abrogating civil rights, nor the worry brought on by contemplating $millions in graft and corruption, nor the revulsion caused by the Zimbabwe-West Gestapo terrorizing folks in the wee hours, nor the angst created when reading about the endless need for ethics and transparency legislation. However, this little incident is an excellent object lesson in why Barbados remains a third world country. The problem isn’t the absence of the forms, it is the fact that Government thinks that it is OK to overlook making the forms available. Earlier this week our AG was wrought up because his political opponent published a picture of himself standing by a recent road washout at Straughns Road in St. Joseph. The AG was upset because Mr. Rouse had failed to acknowledge all the “completed” projects in St. Joseph. The AG then commented that the road had been washed out for only a week and a half. I travel that road often and can attest that in the week and a half (and more now) in question exactly nothing has been done towards fixing the washout, and Government, in the form of the local MP who is also the AG thinks it is OK for the road to closed. The road from Chalky Mount to Cambridge has been closed for months and the folks who work Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays (MTW) can’t fix it because their one supplier of fill has a mechanical breakdown (are there no other suppliers on this island???) and it is OK that the road is collapsing towards houses. We can’t find milk in the store and it is OK, a TV repair place has had my TV to fix for over a year and I was told it is OK because they have had some for three years.

    Fiscally Barbados probably qualifies as a developed nation, but we aren’t one precisely because we maintain a third-world attitude in that nothing matters, whatever the problem its OK. The late Fred Goddard supposedly said that there were three words that would sink Barbados, they being “it will do”. Substitute “its OK” and one gets the point. I cannot verify anything put out by BFP, but if even ten percent of what they suggest happens to be true, then we are sinking fast. But hey, here in Wonderland, its OK!

  6. Comehere

    I was on this flight. It is an embarrassment to the country of Barbados to hear a flight attendant mockingly declare that they (American Airlines) tried to have the forms printed but the Government said no. Countless millions are spent on questionable tourist programs, and the tourism sector cannot seem to efficiently manage a simple immigration and Customs formality. What a joke.