I traveled to this country last year during the second week of August expecting to have a great time on a lovely island paradise. I had friends who were medical students living and studying in Bassetere and I went for a week's visit.
As soon as I stepped off the airplane, I was subject to a humiliating search for no reason, even though I had exited the international boundary. Airport staff at the security checkpoint at the exit poked around my underwear and squished the foods which I had brought from the U.S. into inedible mush.
During my stay at my friend's house in Bassetere, I met many Americans and Canadian students. They all informed me that they had bad experiences with local police who failed to protect the public from crime and harassed foreigners. They told me that the hospitals were where people went to die and that there was not even any food for suffering patients.
On or about August 14, I returned to the airport in Bassetere to catch an early flight to St. Maarten at or about 7 a.m. A man at the security checkpoint at the entrance of the terminal into the international area stopped me. He forced me to empty the contents of my bag and picked out my bottles of liquids, which were 3-oz. and under, in a see-thru plastic bag. He dumped the contents out violently and everything dropped to the floor. He opened every single vial of my liquids, including my contact solution, medication, hairspray, etc. He shouted at me.
As an American, I was unable to understand the words which he spoke, due to his heavily accented English and the fact that he was shouting at me. When I asked him to repeat himself because I did not understand, he threw my belongings into the trash and pointed to the store across from the metal detectors.
I eventually realized that he wanted me to buy a plastic bag from his friend who worked in the store, even though my liquids were already in a proper plastic bag in accordance to international travel regulations. He did this on purpose to harass me.
I have heard many similar stories from others who traveled to St. Kitts. I was shocked to hear that the government is trying to move toward a tourism economy, because there is no way I would ever go to your country again.
In sum, I had a terrible experience in this country because of the treatment of airport security. It was horrible and I would urge any American to refrain from visiting this country. The airport is the first impression and last memory of any place one visits, and the feeling that your airport staff gives travelers is that they encountered nothing but a corrupted, third-world land where there are no rights.