Airport blunder

Gonsalves falls victim to Lapse at GAIA

Barbadian authorities have launched an official probe into an embarrassing episode, which occurred at the Grantley Adams International Airport (GAIA) earlier this month, in which security officers were summoned for Vincentian Prime Minister
Dr Ralph Gonsalves.

The region’s longest serving prime minister, who has been in office since 2001, was headed back home at the time. He arrived on April 14 on LIAT flight 512 from Guyana and was due to connect on the regional airline’s later 737 service from Barbados to St Vincent when he was not recognized by the security officers on duty at Gate 9.

St Vincent's prime minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves
Vincentian Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves

Gonsalves, who both visits and transits Barbados frequently and is one of the most high-profile Caribbean Community (CARICOM) leaders, was ordered by a female G4S officer to return for further screening after his bag went off during his initial security check.

To make matters worse, Gonsalves, who has previously bemoaned Barbadian immigration authorities for the treatment meted out to Caribbean brothers and sisters, and in the wake of last year’s Shanique Myrie judgment had called for “immense education” of regional officials and “alterations of pre-existing domestic regulations and procedures, was made to suffer through the rather demeaning episode without reference to any protocol officer after his flight was late in arriving from Georgetown.

Despite the female security officer’s insistence, the prime minister refused to do as she told him.

It was then that she called for back-up security support in her quest to ensure that the “unrecognized” passenger underwent more rigorous security checks.

It was not immediately clear how long the entire airport fiasco went on.

However, before departing the island that evening, senior GAIA officials issued an unequivocal apology to the Vincentian leader, not only on account of the fact that he was not recognized, but also for the lapse in his official protocol arrangements.

Normally, protocol officers accompany prime ministers and other dignitaries, but none was present for Gonsalves’ arrival. They were late in attending to the Vincentian leader after his flight did not arrive on time.

The episode ended after Gonsalves was finally recognized.

Dr Ralph Gonsalves
Dr Ralph Gonsalves

When contacted today, Gonsalves declined to comment to Barbados TODAY on the matter at this stage.

Airport and Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials, who have so far called for a detailed report on the situation, were also tightlipped on the matter.

However, Minister of Foreign Affairs Maxine McClean, who said she was out of the country on the date in question, promised to get back to Barbados TODAY, saying she would need to be briefed on the matter.

Minister of Tourism and International Transport Richard Sealy, who has responsibility for GAIA, also said he would look into the report.

Head of G4S Roger Barrow could not be reached for comment but when contacted, the supervisor on duty Keith Withers said he was not authorized to speak on any incident involving the security firm. He directed us to Marketing Manager Maria Boyce-Taylor when the office opens tomorrow.


189 Responses to Airport blunder

  1. Ike Turner
    Ike Turner April 30, 2015 at 12:54 am

    You still think that woman from last year was telling lies???? Well well what is next

  2. darrelanderson
    darrelanderson April 30, 2015 at 12:58 am

    how in gods name were we to know he was Bill Clinton? His ID said “William”…..!!!

  3. Omar Watson
    Omar Watson April 30, 2015 at 12:59 am

    lol an immigration officer told my sister yesterday coming home from Trinidad that she should go into the visitors line. I wondered if my sister blew up and behaved bad if she would be deported. Imagine a bajan getting deported from Barbados.

    • Donita Callender
      Donita Callender April 30, 2015 at 7:09 am

      The point is personnel at the Grantley Adams International Airport are notorious for the manner of treatment of persons entering Barbados including Barbadians. They don’t get it, it is not as simplistic as ‘doing a job’ but how it is done. Have passed through many other Caribbean airports and was treated professionally and with respect while people were doing their jobs. Admittedly the failing may have been more at the hands of management in this case. No one has said that Mr. Gonsalves was disrespectful to the officer. What is most astonishing is that this lady did not recognize him – yup Barbadian education.

  4. Magz Malinda Mapp
    Magz Malinda Mapp April 30, 2015 at 1:04 am

    Thumbs up PM. From experience they treat ppl from other countries awful. Not all do but a lot of them do.

    • Karen Duke-Kearse
      Karen Duke-Kearse April 30, 2015 at 2:20 am

      Again. …what does that have to do with security and the safety of other passengers

    • Latoya Shakera Belle
      Latoya Shakera Belle April 30, 2015 at 3:33 am

      Barbados isn’t the only island that has protocol either get with the program or stay part ya come from straight, I remember going to St. Vincent n having to go through so much in that tiny ass place they call a airport and was just staying a week. Now if she wasn’t doing her just I would understand I do believe she should had known who he was but at the end of the day she did the right thing

      • Olutoye Walrond April 30, 2015 at 11:07 am

        Miss. Belle, are you aware that it is the airport authorities who breached the protocol and not Gonzalves?

    • Magz Malinda Mapp
      Magz Malinda Mapp April 30, 2015 at 7:25 am

      This is what it have to do with security. First thing there was suppose to be an official assigned to meet his presence in a discrete way. So when this so call security issue would have happened it would have been dealt with without the embarrassment. Am I buying the story no reasons why b I had my fair share of so call security issue. It’s there famous excuse.

    • Prince Nicholas
      Prince Nicholas April 30, 2015 at 8:12 am

      the woman was following portacal he is searched when he goes to the US dfaq woman please get a grip

    • Neka Carter
      Neka Carter April 30, 2015 at 8:36 am

      Yes I read a comment of someone stating “because he feel he’s the Most popular prime minister in the region he want special treatment” that statement alone sums up what you’re saying hun. How The hell she didn’t recognise him. Y’all bias fucking bagans only for y’all people. This PM don’t make joke so let him make an example of them, is about time. Too much normal people been mistreated by the hands of officials at that airport mostly Vincentian and trinidadians.

  5. Trina Lowe
    Trina Lowe April 30, 2015 at 1:09 am

    Again, poor leadership. Now everyone is HUSHED and “passing the buck.” She did the RIGHT thing. She did her job. Thumbs up to you my lady. Management: Where were the “protocol officers” to accompany Vincentian Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves? What an embarassing situation. Shame, Shame, Shame on you. Meetings are no longer held in preparation on the arrival of dignitaries or important events? Come on, get in the game or get left behind. Still not prepared.

    • L.Jean-Pierre April 30, 2015 at 3:43 am

      So what’s wrong with stringent security? It should apply to EVERYONE!!! Good on you lady, he should have commended her for a job well done! Give the lady an award!

    • Concerned Vincentian April 30, 2015 at 7:13 am

      She did her job? Really? She had no access to his passport either? She must have known the flight was late. Was it her first time on the job? Where does the article state he didn’t say who he was? Think before you draw conclusions. This is a newspaper article not an official report. That said, you guys need to sort yourselves out! Embarrassing. …

      • Concerned Bajan April 30, 2015 at 10:17 am

        If his bag went off what would be the problem with him opening it and going through further SECURITY checks? He is a Prime Minister so he is allowed to traffic whatever he wants through the regions airports without consequence?

  6. Dale Worrell
    Dale Worrell April 30, 2015 at 1:12 am

    She was doing her job all he had to do was identify who he was but he may have assumed that he being the most popular PM of the region she should have automatically recognised him,it just shows that he as a PM shouldn’t take everything for granted and make assumptions base on who he is but she was doing the job to which she has hired for

    • Rawle Spooner
      Rawle Spooner April 30, 2015 at 7:03 am

      Agree Dave.

    • Knc Slimz
      Knc Slimz April 30, 2015 at 7:58 am

      Totally agree with you

    • wain dread April 30, 2015 at 10:23 am

      If this was a governmental agency/employee, then chances are that communication would’ve been established. …ee should stop using these private companies for our public service security, This company is on the International Sweat Shop list of UNION BUSTERS

  7. Sandy Alleyne
    Sandy Alleyne April 30, 2015 at 1:20 am

    Dale Worrell I agree 1000% with you as far as I concern if ur luggage went off if got yo be check no matter who the hell u think u is .

    • Joshua Walcott
      Joshua Walcott April 30, 2015 at 10:16 am

      a prime minister and a diplomat, different rules apply

    • Sandy Alleyne
      Sandy Alleyne April 30, 2015 at 10:17 am

      HMMMMM! !!!

    • Sandy Alleyne
      Sandy Alleyne April 30, 2015 at 10:41 am

      So Joshua u are saying that people with special privileges shouldn’t be scan if something goes wrong I think all rules should apply to everyone cause u never know what might be

  8. Karen Duke April 30, 2015 at 1:32 am

    This is a cut and dry situation…. The female officer was doing her job . NUFF SAID…. her job is to ensure the safety of herself/ other passengers/ airlines crew and the airport employees. ..if security is being comprised how secure is our safety traveling?

    Alot of people want to be exempt because of the positions they hold in office, but everyone should be treated equal when traveling on a commercial airline.

    His bag/luggage had alert while going through screening and per protocol it is to be searched no matter what…. and because he figured that he was above the law he was to be exempt. …NOT

    By the officer calling for backup was the right thing to do….PERIOD

    Now if that was another passenger doing the exact same thing and the officer handle it the same way she would have actually been a model employee .. because is was a Prime Minister demonstration unruly behavior and not following security instructions this made head line news…… ARE YOU PEOPLE

    Give the officer a bonus for doing her job….

    NOW if the Prime Misters of any country have a problem with that then charter a private jet

  9. Mrbarbados Rarone
    Mrbarbados Rarone April 30, 2015 at 1:37 am

    good job g4s lady….

    • wain dread April 30, 2015 at 10:37 am

      Is this real or memorex… tony you should write a screen play… i am sure it will be better than the other baJan movies coming out

  10. Karen Duke April 30, 2015 at 1:38 am

    Airport officials should have known that any and all dignatries should be pre announced and handle in a separate lane so not to compromised the jobs of hard working airport employees

  11. Lee Lee
    Lee Lee April 30, 2015 at 1:39 am

    This is a rather embarrassing situation on the behalf of the Airport authority and the Department of foreign affairs in Barbados,Protocol was not followed in this situation.Shame on the the entire Security Department and the Protocol officers who failed to do their job.

    • Robert Holloway
      Robert Holloway April 30, 2015 at 1:57 am

      🙂 Security worked just the protocol staff were somwhere

    • Shareef Bhoola
      Shareef Bhoola April 30, 2015 at 6:56 am

      U can’t blame both security and protocol! !! Smh

  12. Lynette Mayers
    Lynette Mayers April 30, 2015 at 1:44 am

    The security Officer was doing her job. She passed the test. The Protocol Officers are the ones to be blamed for not being in position to greet the Dignitary.

    • Mike April 30, 2015 at 10:47 am

      This is a big bobo and the person responsible for escorting the minister should be held responsible unless the GAIA is cutting back

  13. Katrina P Lewis
    Katrina P Lewis April 30, 2015 at 1:45 am

    So that means the jet blue staff who like most government workers that just lazy who put that woman on the wrong flight was doing their job also

  14. Julius Weekes
    Julius Weekes April 30, 2015 at 1:47 am


    • Latoya Martindale
      Latoya Martindale April 30, 2015 at 8:41 am

      What’s so poor about it? That she did her job or that they seem to want to hang her for it?

    • Julius Weekes
      Julius Weekes April 30, 2015 at 8:51 am

      not poor on the security officer’s part but rather the rather that the protocol officers that were probably assigned to deal with it in the first place were not present. I dont believe that a dignitary of such would have entered the country unannounced without any official protocol…. i could be wrong

    • Latoya Martindale
      Latoya Martindale April 30, 2015 at 9:02 am

      Got ya.

  15. Rob April 30, 2015 at 1:52 am

    Hard to tell what he expected as special treatment but should he not have just acknowledged the officers request like any other passenger thru security and then dealt with protocol officials at a later date. my thoughts

  16. Jay Fretado
    Jay Fretado April 30, 2015 at 1:53 am

    Is the first me seeing his face and name after nobody outside of Barbados no know r want to know him is not like ham important ha ha ha

  17. Robert Holloway
    Robert Holloway April 30, 2015 at 1:54 am

    Hard to tell what he expected as special treatment but should he not have just acknowledged the officers request like any other passenger thru security and then dealt with protocol officials at a later date. We expect screening of all passengers regardless of seating asignment or position.

  18. Julia Whitehall
    Julia Whitehall April 30, 2015 at 1:57 am

    Well that is shame and embarrassment but somehow it’s not surprising.We wouldn’t want that to happen to our pm regardless of how we feel about him lol.Now it looks really bad that a prime minister who is heavily involved in caricom had this happen to him.We need to do better because this time it was ralph gonslaves the next time it could be someone more important.gonsalves might spare us the negative publicity by not talking about it but some people won’t be so kind and we don’t need anymore negative publicity.we seriously don’t

    • Seth Pierce
      Seth Pierce April 30, 2015 at 2:08 am

      If a certain PM travelled anywhere and security decided to accost him for whatever reason….They could keep him for all the majority of Barbados cares lol

    • Robertine Carrette Seaman
      Robertine Carrette Seaman April 30, 2015 at 6:10 am

      Only christ is more important and we treats him worst.

  19. Nicole Jones
    Nicole Jones April 30, 2015 at 2:06 am

    The only person important is God…..if she had just let him through and something happened on the plane then ya would hear that security is slack. The head persons who we trust are the ones that are good candidates to commit terrorist attacks….thumbs up G4S

  20. Marty Bramble Pitt
    Marty Bramble Pitt April 30, 2015 at 2:09 am

    It is a shame that a Vincentian prime minister is treated this way in Barbados, I want the barbarian to know it was a Vincentian woman who bore the first prime minister of Barbados.

    • Karen Duke-Kearse
      Karen Duke-Kearse April 30, 2015 at 2:16 am

      Really. .??? What does that have to do with security or protocol of ones job?

    • Marty Bramble Pitt
      Marty Bramble Pitt April 30, 2015 at 2:18 am

      This is social media I have right to air my views and state my opinion.

    • Karen Duke-Kearse
      Karen Duke-Kearse April 30, 2015 at 2:25 am

      True ..I agree…but that comment of being birth by a vincy have nothing to do with compromising airport security!
      No matter who the PERSON IS

    • Marty Bramble Pitt
      Marty Bramble Pitt April 30, 2015 at 2:29 am

      Miss lady I want to know why bajans like to go to other persons country, yet they always give others problem when they go to Barbados.

    • Mrbarbados Rarone
      Mrbarbados Rarone April 30, 2015 at 2:29 am

      How would you like if you was going the plane and security let a person on the plane and you saw when they came thru screening and the lights lite up and security let them go , how safe would you feel on the plane ?

    • Candice Elenor
      Candice Elenor April 30, 2015 at 2:43 am

      Look lady back of we

    • Mrbarbados Rarone
      Mrbarbados Rarone April 30, 2015 at 2:47 am

      Marty Bramble Pitt call for back up ? Lol

    • Marty Bramble Pitt
      Marty Bramble Pitt April 30, 2015 at 2:49 am

      If you was going the plane, what English is that?

    • Latoya Shakera Belle
      Latoya Shakera Belle April 30, 2015 at 3:30 am

      The security officer did her job but I still believe she should have known who he was

    • Lizmar Bailey
      Lizmar Bailey April 30, 2015 at 4:59 am

      Lol fact that the guy had to result to correcting her grammar just because he is wrong….um why does she have to know who he is? He is a normal person so he got what they would normally get,stupes. He had to bring back up because he wants to be wrong and strong lool look Karen Duke-Kearse i AGREE with you 100%.

    • Dale Worrell
      Dale Worrell April 30, 2015 at 5:26 am

      Marty we are Barbadians not barbarians I assume you are a vinny if we had referred to your country’s nationality by a derogatory name we would have been the worst I sure Ralph past tru here many times without any hindrance it’s just this one time someone int recognised him and was doing her expected job all he had to do was tell her who he is and showed her his caricom passport or ID problem solve if it was USA, UK or Canada wunna would have np with it

    • Niccolo Costa
      Niccolo Costa April 30, 2015 at 6:15 am

      That’s why Canadian , UK and Canadian airport security does treat wanna do pure ignorance

    • Shareef Bhoola
      Shareef Bhoola April 30, 2015 at 6:55 am

      Marty Bramble Pitt are u ok on ur head? U seem to talk absolute gibrish!!!!

    • Raymond Jones
      Raymond Jones April 30, 2015 at 10:23 am

      A dot with nothing but fools.

  21. Olujimi Clarke
    Olujimi Clarke April 30, 2015 at 2:09 am

    First of all the GAIA is privately owned however many of us seem to forget that and blame the government for everything.

    Secondly I am not vex with the security officer. Not everyone is fimiliar with the heads of states. She did her job, he wasn’t accompanied by any security officers so she did her routine check. What is wrong with that? Because he is PM doesn’t mean he’s exempt from protocol. He could have simply
    A. Stated who he was or
    B. Cooperated…
    Instead of refusing with his arrogant, ‘entitled feeling’ self.
    By refusing to cooperate only makes one suspicious. Just because he is PM doesn’t mean he should get preferrencial treatment.

    • Karen Duke-Kearse
      Karen Duke-Kearse April 30, 2015 at 2:21 am


    • Mrbarbados Rarone
      Mrbarbados Rarone April 30, 2015 at 2:21 am

      On point …

    • Karen Duke-Kearse
      Karen Duke-Kearse April 30, 2015 at 2:22 am

      At least its another sensible person on this post

    • Eronne Evans
      Eronne Evans April 30, 2015 at 6:49 am

      Did you know the government must be informed when a head of state enters the country? Hence the blame. Protocol was not followed since the government of Barbados is the one responsible for assigning protocol officers AND informing all security personnel.

      One the reasons why this is being hushed is because Barbadian prime ministers are notorious for making a scene when entering other countries and being treated any other way than expected.

    • Olujimi Clarke
      Olujimi Clarke April 30, 2015 at 8:28 am

      Eronne Evans it is clear that you are a SVG citizen who is deeply saddened by this incident. It is not the blame of the government if they were not informed. The airport is not own by government. Blame the airline, liat, for not communicating that he was here.
      We fail to blame liat (that is owned by our caribbean governments) for their continued poor service quality in the Caribbean and quick to blame Barbados. People think the government is like God, omnipresent, sitting everywhere waiting around at the airport waiting for Dr. Gonsalves to show up? Stop looking for a scapegoat.
      Also it is clear that you speak with misinformation. This isn’t being hushed because of Barbados, when this incident occurred Dr. Gonsalves (your PM) declined to make a statement about it.
      For your information this incident took place in early April (some 2 weeks ago) and not people making it seem like it happened yesterday. So before you blame barbados, tell your PM that he needs to learn to humble his self and cooperate when asked to. As a leader he should know better and be setting the example. He did wrong but no one will say he did because what? He has the title PM by his name?

    • Eronne Evans
      Eronne Evans April 30, 2015 at 8:46 am

      Well where I’m from has nothing to do with it really. The point I was trying to make is that when Barbadian officials go overseas they do not humble themselves. And they Do think that persons are waiting around from them. So when we expect persons to be humble coming to Barbados, maybe we should be humble when going to other countries too. Yes the article clearly states when the incident happened. I did actually read the article.

    • Olujimi Clarke
      Olujimi Clarke April 30, 2015 at 8:49 am

      So because Barbadian officials don’t humble themselves when they go overseas justifies this behaviour? As far as I remember two wrongs do not make a right and somebody must set precedence…

    • Eronne Evans
      Eronne Evans April 30, 2015 at 9:34 am

      Don’t really see what behavior you speaking about though. Diplomats are afforded certain rights while on foreign territory (it’s called diplomatic immunity ) . He has the right to refuse his bag to be searched. Diplomats are immune to local law hence they cannot be arrested. This is clearly part of the Vienna Convention, to give up these rights it’s a whole other kettle of worms. Have a read of some foreign policy law. There is a reason why this made news. And it’s has nothing to do with the prime minister but rather the office of the prime minister.

    • Olujimi Clarke
      Olujimi Clarke April 30, 2015 at 10:09 am

      Sir I am quite clear about diplomatic immunity and let me correct you by saying that you are not “immune” but simply are not subject to procecution or lawsuit in the host country. Futhermore dimplomats can still be expelled from the host country if they breach local laws, it is then the responsibility of the sending country to take further action.
      His behaviour was inappropriate because he assumed that he was known by all. Not everyone like I said previously is familiar with the heads of state.
      Yes Prime Ministers alike diplomats are given “diplomatic immunity” but that does not translate to “I am PM and I can do what I want.”
      The fact that he refused to cooperate because he wrongfully assumed that the officer knew who he was is the “behaviour” I speak of.
      If he traveled anywhere else in the world outside the Caribbean his title as Prime Minister wouldn’t mean a thing. He would be searched like any other regular person.
      If you asked me his arrogance embarrassed himself. This could have been avoided if he politely said “sweetheart do you know I am the PM of SVG,” and showed some form of identification. He put himself in a worst situation when he refused to cooperate. That is suspicious behaviour and if it were me in the officers position, I would’ve thought he was hiding something and called my superiors too.

    • Joshua Walcott
      Joshua Walcott April 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

      actually he can refuse to have his bag searched, read some international law, this treatment is why Barbadians are despised in the wider Caribbean our immigration treats people horribly.

    • Olujimi Clarke
      Olujimi Clarke April 30, 2015 at 10:35 am

      Lol all of a sudden he was treated “horribly” because the lady did her job…and yes he can refuse to have his bag search but in a situation like that what good does it do?

  22. Karen Duke-Kearse
    Karen Duke-Kearse April 30, 2015 at 2:11 am

    First off I can’t with the foolish comments on this page, some ppl only like to see there names on certain post and address the bigger picture.


    If this was any other passengers that displayed the same unruly behavior by NOT following instructions she would have been a model employee, because it was the Prime Minister this became a blunder?


    When traveling on a commercial airline everyone is to be treated equal. ..meaning every persons life should be protected and view valuable so each person is to be screened accordingly.

    If Mr. Prime Minister wanted exempt treatment he should have flown privately and not risk the lives/security of others no matter how small the issue.

    NOW…. management should be at fault. ..they should have informed the officers at hand that the Prime minister was coming through on that day/time and flight, also have a empty lane opened for him and his traveling companions for an easy transition
    They should also have been a greeter to ensure proper costumer service….I hope the next time things change

  23. dave April 30, 2015 at 2:13 am

    Ignorance knows no bounds

  24. Curious George April 30, 2015 at 2:28 am

    But what was in that bag coming from Guyana? C…., money, or a weapon?

  25. Sharon Woolley
    Sharon Woolley April 30, 2015 at 2:42 am

    She was doing her job correctly, he acted like a pompous prat, I’m surprised he wasn’t critical there was no red carpet for him

  26. Greg Alex
    Greg Alex April 30, 2015 at 2:50 am

    It’s not a matter of doing your job correctly your country economy’s depends on tourist and I was told on many occasion about the treatment metted out to Caribbean nationals I would think twice before spending my hard earn cash in coming there.

    • Lizmar Bailey
      Lizmar Bailey April 30, 2015 at 5:10 am

      Ok? Just because he is prime minister everyone suppose to know that ? Stupes. Get a grip ! Everyone outside doesn’t know our prime minister an I bet if he had to go somewhere without any protocol he would be seen as a normal person as well.

    • Dale Broomes
      Dale Broomes April 30, 2015 at 6:00 am

      And NO one will miss you

    • Shareef Bhoola
      Shareef Bhoola April 30, 2015 at 6:58 am

      Ermmm how about thinking THREE times! Smh

    • Margreet Thompson
      Margreet Thompson April 30, 2015 at 11:39 am

      WOW…..isn’t it immature of you to go by hear say or half stories and making such an uninformed decision? doesn’t almost every country around the globe has some form of tourism? and doesn’t a lot of them have some very strict rules and regulations that control even your mode of dress in their countries but yet people still visit them? hmmm

  27. Ann Batey
    Ann Batey April 30, 2015 at 3:17 am

    She was doing her job and he should have recognised that, she should be praised.

  28. Kevon Edey
    Kevon Edey April 30, 2015 at 3:25 am

    If this occurred ‘earlier this month’ which i assume could be over a week and some ago, why is this now making news :/

  29. Kay Critchlow
    Kay Critchlow April 30, 2015 at 3:51 am

    His bag bleeped therefore should it not be searched ? I’m not understanding the problem.

  30. Christopher Donawa
    Christopher Donawa April 30, 2015 at 4:35 am

    Sad situation all round. That security officer should never have been put i to such a situation. The Protocol Officers need to explain their absence. On another note. The PM could possibly have taken steps to diffuse the situation by either identifying himself (if he did not) or complying with a reasonable request. I seem to recall a similar incident with that PMs sonin New York a few years ago.

  31. Frederick Alleyne
    Frederick Alleyne April 30, 2015 at 4:36 am

    In this case no one followed protocol. Airport management, G4s, or the PM.

    • Robertine Carrette Seaman
      Robertine Carrette Seaman April 30, 2015 at 6:08 am

      Which protocol, his life is important others not. His bag alarm that’s it. Search them.

    • Frederick Alleyne
      Frederick Alleyne April 30, 2015 at 6:12 am

      It seems you missed my point but that is ok.

    • Karen Duke-Kearse
      Karen Duke-Kearse April 30, 2015 at 7:07 am

      No YOU missed the point. …you alarmed passing security you get searched…..PERIOD.
      The officer followed instructions and called for back up…GREAT job by her

  32. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton April 30, 2015 at 4:54 am

    Correct Dale Worrell workers are not required to know who’s who in the region or anywhere else. The blunder began before he arrived at the airport. Did his protocol officers inform official in B’dos of his arrival? Did officials in B’dos neglect to dispatch personnel to ensure that he was met and accorded the privileges for his office. Was airport security informed that he would be arriving so that a senior person could be on hand to recognise the official party and put the necessary protocols in place. Put blame where is it due and reporters have to ask the ask the right questions and don’t write articles that make it appear the workers at the bottom messed up. The problem was caused by the top either on the Vincentian or B’dos side.

  33. Lynda Bonnett
    Lynda Bonnett April 30, 2015 at 5:18 am

    Lol. Lol lol just wondering what her boss will do with her

    • Natalie John
      Natalie John April 30, 2015 at 6:11 am

      What you mean? a promotion? Yes, because she did her job! Those in the protocol department should be afraid.

  34. jr smith April 30, 2015 at 5:27 am

    We are so behind , the region itself all living in la,la, land. this behaviour is not good for Barbados , but the region itself ,the security needs putting right. Where is the technology, no regional data base, in seconds on a computer they have seen who the right honourable gentleman was , so simple. this should be a wake up call to the region about its security.

  35. jr smith April 30, 2015 at 5:31 am

    Bet if he was white , American, Canadian or English, politician he would have been treated different.

  36. Tony Webster April 30, 2015 at 5:39 am

    More fun than the proverbial “barrel o’ monkeys”

    You folks have not given credit where it is due: there was ANOTHER guy… dressed and prepared to look just like a well-known Caribbean Prime Minister… and HE was ten passengers AHEAD of Mr. Scientific Socialism; was duly whisked-through immigration, customs, baggage, so he and all the stuff he had swallowed was “gone clear”……in 3 minutes, in a waiting Benz!!
    Perspective…it’s all in the perspective one takes to observe life in 2015!

    • wain dread April 30, 2015 at 10:32 am

      If this was a governmental agency/employee, then chances are that communication would’ve been established. …ee should stop using these private companies for our public service security, This company is on the International Sweat Shop list of UNION BUSTERS

  37. Cherylann Bourne-Hayes
    Cherylann Bourne-Hayes April 30, 2015 at 5:42 am

    The ball was dropped. She did her job. If his group with not with him someone on this end should have been notified and the problem fixed. Does he have a diplomatic passport that he could have shown to identify himself?

  38. Mark Rudder
    Mark Rudder April 30, 2015 at 5:44 am

    Case of a Fathead

  39. Sam April 30, 2015 at 5:45 am

    They are the worse they all should be fired ! Barbados is surly losing out on first time visitors who encounter this poor level of service due to poor customer service at the BGI . Coming home from the USA you are on egg shell’s because the way they Treat tourist and ordinary people . They should be spotter and undercover bosses acting like regular people to pin point these bad agents .

  40. Pamalea Payne
    Pamalea Payne April 30, 2015 at 5:55 am

    Had he gone on that plane with a bomb, I know some yall JA would be questioning the security, so let them do what they were train to do

  41. Pamalea Payne
    Pamalea Payne April 30, 2015 at 5:57 am

    He shouldn’t even complain

  42. Robertine Carrette Seaman
    Robertine Carrette Seaman April 30, 2015 at 6:02 am

    Hahahaha, we asking for persons to do there work properly and then we complain. Search them self, where was his diplomatic passport was he trying to play hard ball. The normal phrase among these people. ‘you don’t know wh i am’ like they are christ.

  43. Daniel Polonis
    Daniel Polonis April 30, 2015 at 6:17 am

    She did her job…this falls on the Protocol Officer or lack thereof and the Airport management for not having been prepared for his arrival…and personally..I think he should have been searched..he is more of a crime boss than a dignitary.

  44. michelle gibson April 30, 2015 at 6:21 am

    I agree with the lady from G4S, they gave her a job to do and she did it.He as a educated man could have handle it better, the lady it looking to see who comes and go through the airport she is doing her job.i agree with her 1000%.Good job well done.

    • wain dread April 30, 2015 at 10:44 am

      Are you implying that she is uneducated? The superior complex exhibited by those employed by this company is sickening. They exhibit power, instead of authority.

  45. Prince Nicholas
    Prince Nicholas April 30, 2015 at 6:24 am

    Really dont see the issue if he was in the states he would be subjected to a search like everyone else …

  46. Michelle Gibson
    Michelle Gibson April 30, 2015 at 6:25 am

    I agree with the officer, she was put out there to do a job and she did it. Well done.

  47. Ariane Murphy
    Ariane Murphy April 30, 2015 at 6:25 am

    I don’t see the problem, the woman was doing her job as she should, good for her! I don’t see the embarassment for barbadian officials, is it a case of “do you know who I am”?????

  48. Latanya Linton
    Latanya Linton April 30, 2015 at 6:26 am

    I don’t blame security. … Where were his own guards or whatever you call them these days? Btw, isn’t there a special entrance/exit for dignitaries?

  49. Marcus Gonzales
    Marcus Gonzales April 30, 2015 at 6:30 am

    The security guard should know most in not the main PMs in the region.

  50. Realist Blacka
    Realist Blacka April 30, 2015 at 6:31 am

    Understood all she did was her job but out of curiosity. Had she knew who he was there & then without the protocol officers when the bag went off, would she have or supposed to just let him stroll thru ?

  51. Mark Rudder
    Mark Rudder April 30, 2015 at 6:33 am

    Case of a Fathead. Wheather or not the security officer failed to recognize The Prime Minister should not be the primary focus. The fact that he in such a post and refused to comply with or respect the request of the officer shows a lack of concern for not only the office but the rules of the airport. Had it been any other person be it Bajan, Jamaican, American or African the police would have been called. He failed a security check. If he had entered a country outside of the region he would have complied with whatever directive given. His concern should have been in her failure not to follow up had she not done so. To you Ms .Security officer Out Freaking Standing, you are keeping the Rock safe.

    • Karen Duke-Kearse
      Karen Duke-Kearse April 30, 2015 at 7:14 am

      Thank you very much. ……someone else with great understanding

  52. Descilla Samuel
    Descilla Samuel April 30, 2015 at 6:33 am

    Some of these comments are absolutely ridiculous and stupid. Does she live under a rock? ? So every time a high profile person comes at the airport a meeting should be called? You know what I am going to fault management here too but in my humble opinion if some persons pay more attention to cbc to the news both local and regional they would be better prepared and equipped to handle their jobs.

    I can even recall my days of primary school it was a requirement to know all the ministers of government which ministries they belong to whether or not we supported them. It was a requirement to know all the prime ministers in the Caribbean and where they are from. But after persons hit that stage they are more interested in lifetime and MTV. Had she known who he was she would have been better able to improvise. Not knowing is no excuse .

    • Karen Duke-Kearse
      Karen Duke-Kearse April 30, 2015 at 7:11 am

      Smh….knowing who he was doesn’t give him special privilege to his alarming bag when flying a commercial airline, if he didn’t want to be searched then he should have flown privately

    • Alisa Cox-West
      Alisa Cox-West April 30, 2015 at 7:45 am

      Who the hell cares who he is. As a passenger who flies regularly, I would want him searched too of his bag goes off to ensure my own safety.

    • Joshua Walcott
      Joshua Walcott April 30, 2015 at 10:23 am

      ignorant Barbadians this is why everyone despises us abroad, he HAS special privileges as a head of state, do you even understand what head of state means? he is a diplomat there are completely different rule that apply.

    • Descilla Samuel
      Descilla Samuel April 30, 2015 at 10:35 am

      lol i laugh at their ignorance.

  53. Andrew The Voice April 30, 2015 at 6:35 am

    I agree with the security officer 100%, she is doing what she suppose to do. Do dignitaries expect everyone to recognize them, smacks of egotism, now if she DIDNT do her job, he as a member of the RSS would have said something different. Explain who you are and you would be handled differently. The persons at fault here are the “protocol officers” who drop the ball on protocol.

  54. Melissa Browne
    Melissa Browne April 30, 2015 at 6:36 am

    Alot of ppl on here is really missing the point how can u ppl say blame this body n that body what century do we live in do u not see how terrorists dress n act they try to look for costumes which can make them look like Obama if the wanted n do whatever serves their minds at anytime n some of u ppl talkin bout mistreatment of ppl from other places u ppl that r so negative need to wake up n pray cause if any act of terrorism happens in the Caribbean then will u same ppl b saying if only the security did what they where suppose to this wouldn’t have happen that lady was doing her Damnnn job keep in ppl safe in a environment where anything can happen so when u speak assess the situation n c that the ones who where to b there wasn’t n she did her job for which she was hired so u ppl need to stop d blame game honestly now it gets very disturbing

  55. Vernon Chandler April 30, 2015 at 6:36 am

    “Normally, protocol officers accompany prime ministers and other dignitaries, but none was present for Gonsalves’ arrival. They were late in attending to the Vincentian leader after his flight did not arrive on time.”

    “…after his bag went off during his initial security check….”

    Those are the 2 most important parts of this report. Who says that an immigration officer is supposed to recognize every leader in the world? Should she recognize the PM of Slovakia if he was passing intransit thru Barbados? It is the protocol officers who are the ones that are responsible. There is a procedure to be followed when leaders & diplomats are travelling. Those procedures were breached & it wasn’t the officer who breached them.
    Secondly, why should any immigration officer allow a bag that alarm during security be allowed to pass thru if the owner of the bag is not recognized as having diplomatic status?

  56. Paradise St. Vincent April 30, 2015 at 6:41 am

    All the reasons for St. Vincent and the Grenadines to “ditch” Barbados after our International Airport is finished. All the years Vincentian citizens have been complaining about the bad treatment meted out to them at Grantley Adams Intl. Now if they can treat our Prime Minister like this – no show of dignitaries or protocol officer on arrival in Barbados and now full screening because an alarm went off in his bag, then what do our ordinary citizens expect from Barbados immigration authorities?? I travelled from SVG to England and something in my daughter’s clothes went off the entire time throughout all the security checks and they never pulled us in any private room for special check and investigation!!

  57. Valencia Cumberbatch
    Valencia Cumberbatch April 30, 2015 at 6:47 am

    I agree with you Dale, she was just doing her job and she did it well. I hope that she still has a job.

  58. Angela Fergusson April 30, 2015 at 6:51 am

    As far as I can see the Prime Minister Gonsalves should apologize for his human error which ultimately caused his unfortunate situation. I support the officer for doing her job at the airport.
    No matter where we sit in life we have responsibilities, and should take care of such.

  59. Katherine Selman Roach
    Katherine Selman Roach April 30, 2015 at 6:54 am

    Yet another attempt to bash Barbados, first off all you arrogant persons that just love an opportunity to trash bajans at the slightest mistakes i don’t blame the security officer for carrying out her duties she did it and follow protocol.2) An dignitary should also know protocol when travelling no matter which part of the world their from if the officer had not carried out her duties it would have more implications. All it takes now a days is one mistake for the press to spread it like plague and judgemental people to criticized. You do the job your trained for and still your scrutinized. I honestly believed she did her job well, don’t come down on lady cause she did not recognized him. And for you haters to love to pull down my country. BARBADOS -246 to the world.

  60. Tracey April 30, 2015 at 6:57 am

    I cant believe what I now read why does it matter who he is I didn’t know who he is rules are rules and she was doing her job he is the one who is wrong cause he should have done what he was told to do and not be a spoil brat rules are for all not some and not the other and thats why we would always have breaches in the world he should be the one who had to apologize. Foolishness I reaf for truth do????????

  61. Omar Herbert
    Omar Herbert April 30, 2015 at 7:00 am

    I see nothing wrong

  62. Rawle Spooner
    Rawle Spooner April 30, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Some small fish gine be a scapegoat for this but it appears she was doing her job on the face of its ounds like PM of St Vincent was being difficult also looks like protocol in the begining was not followed which is not her fault.

  63. Angela Thompson Branch
    Angela Thompson Branch April 30, 2015 at 7:03 am

    Great work lady,who is he to assume every one knows him.It is the airport management at fault for not making the proper arrangements for him.This is the airport people .

  64. Eronne Evans
    Eronne Evans April 30, 2015 at 7:05 am

    Protocol was not followed. The government of Barbados is the one responsible for providing security and protocol officers.

    The persons here that say they see nothing wrong have no idea about foreign policy and more specifically what is supposed to happen when a head of state enters a country. It may look like a simple security issue but it is highly embarrassing on the world stage for the gvnt.

    Barbadians dignitaries are notorious for creating a scene in other countries.

    • Margreet Thompson
      Margreet Thompson April 30, 2015 at 11:30 am

      As a country where many international flights come and go or are intransit to other countries shouldn’t we be taking our security seriously especially with the rising terrorist actions going on around the world? do you think the Caribbean will be exempted from these actions forever?
      You are trying to place the blame on the Barbados Government for whatever reason known only to you… can this one off situation be embarrassing on the world stage……
      Instead of pointing fingers…..the question is…….did the Vincentian Foreign Ministry informed the Barbadian Foreign Ministry that he was passing through Barbados as a matter of respect and protocol?
      Do you think that if his bags had sent off alarms in any international airport that they would care whether he was a Prime Minister from the Caribbean?
      Wouldn’t that also send off other security personnel through out the Caribbean to also react if the same happened in their countries?
      You are more on a roll about the Barbadian dignitaries creating scenes in other countries which is just too broad base without stating the facts why they felt entitled to get on in the manner they were doing
      It seems to me that Caribbean people thinks that our Immigrations and Customs departments who have a very difficult job as it stands should just let any and everyone just float through Barbados and do what they like and just sit and do nothing, while every body else is protecting their borders……….
      yet we Caribbean people go to other countries and follow their rules and regulations regardless to how stupid they may seem to us and endure their sometimes foolish questions and worst treatment for the pleasure of visiting those countries

  65. Trumfruitcake April 30, 2015 at 7:07 am

    It always amazes me how educated ppl does read a little something and jump on a bandwagon just so!

    Agree! The protocol officers should have been in place though the plane was late in coming from Guyana.

    Lastly i suggest brush up social studies classes for the airport personnel. He deserves to be treated according to the office he holds.

  66. David Gibson
    David Gibson April 30, 2015 at 7:20 am

    i will presume she did not know who he was or simple common sense would’ve prevailed and her superiors would’ve been aware of the situation, that being said the blame rest solely on the shoulders of the GAIA.,,there are protocols that are followed for dignitaries …the GAIA dropped the ball on this one and that guard is innocent as far as i am concerned ,

  67. David T April 30, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Its funny how many of you Bajans support the poor treatment of non Bajans by your immigration officers. Its the same way many of you felt that Shaniques treatment was warranted.For such a small nation most of you are aloof.

  68. Khaj Thompson
    Khaj Thompson April 30, 2015 at 7:31 am

    This is ridiculous . If it was an “Average” person with no title there would have been no problem. But not it’s a “high profile” person it’s an issue. That’s basically saying to us that as long as you are “high profile” you can travel with something illegal then. Everyone should have to follow procedure. I applaud her for taking her job seriously and doing it professionally. Further more he’s lucky this didn’t happen in American airports. They don’t care who you are. If you send off a red flag and fail to comply you are a threat. She thought about safety and a potential threat

  69. Walter Prescod April 30, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Education is a must G4 head office ,duty manager, leader or what you
    want to call him/ her should have known that Mr. Gonsalves was coming through the airport and alert his workers.
    Why should this happen to Barbados again?
    It depends on how you treat people, how you aproach people, G4 has lived up to its name of no respect, is it not time that they start
    to educate them selves and those who work for them. G4 should make a public apologie to Mr. Gonsalves

  70. Somefun Babatunde Emmanuel
    Somefun Babatunde Emmanuel April 30, 2015 at 7:35 am

    That is Barbados immigration for you

    • Margreet Thompson
      Margreet Thompson April 30, 2015 at 11:33 am

      where did you hear that immigration was involved…..get your facts straight before making stupid comments

  71. Ricardo April 30, 2015 at 7:35 am

    I think the only person to blame here is PM Gonsalves. That guard did her job, she followed procedure to the letter. If Mr. Gonsalves was doing his job, the aircraft won’t have been late AGAIN as usual and Protocol Officers would have been available. He needs to stop playing lip service to the issues affecting LIAT.
    On another note though…. doesn’t he have a Diplomatic Passport?

  72. Kim Clarke April 30, 2015 at 7:40 am

    I like how they said he “was made to suffer through the rather demeaning episode without reference to any protocol officer”. I just have to sigh at that, do they think that it is not demeaning for all passengers having to go through that at the airport especially after we have just left a flight to connect to another one, initially being searched and scanned and questioned, only to have to go through it all over again at the connecting airport? We, the “common folk” go through that all the time, we may not be always pleased but we follow instructions.

    I understand that his protocol officials did not arrive on time since his flight was delayed, but they can’t blame the security officer for that……..that blame lies squarely on the shoulder of Foreign Affairs Ministry, they did not do their job, but the security officer did hers.

    Why are they making reference to the fact that he was not recognised? Like serously? Unless you follow these people and their every move and even care to know them, you are liable to not recognise them. Do they have photos of all dignataries coming through the airport so that staff working there will recognise them.

    After all that I have said, I could as well just sum it again, blame the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and NOT the security officer, she did her job, bottom line.

  73. Alisa Cox-West
    Alisa Cox-West April 30, 2015 at 7:44 am

    Sorry Mr. Prime Minister but why should one care who you are when you enter an airport?! EVERYONE should be checked and you are not the exception to the rule. Kudos to the airport security for doing her job!!!

    As a passenger who cares about her safety, if someone’s bag goes off I WANT IT CHECKED!!! Could care less if it was the Queen of England or King of Zamunda (JK LOL).

  74. D'Rickka April 30, 2015 at 8:00 am

    The lady did her job, no fault…Mr Gonsalves could’ve simply stated who he was, no problem…..I travel to Bim twice a year, every year, and never had a problem with security, maybe some respect for the people & they job might go a long way.

  75. Mixie Pierreponte
    Mixie Pierreponte April 30, 2015 at 8:03 am

    She was doing the right thing and he could just identify himself and she could go check not everyone knows who alot of government officials are

  76. Sanky April 30, 2015 at 8:23 am

    Wait Walter you for real. The security officer was doing her job as she was trained to. Why should she have to recognise anyone and give them preferential treatment? Is that her job?

    Do you know and are able to recognise the Prime Minister of Canada? This is someone else’s job…..Protocol Officers. In any case why couldn’t bombastic, egotistic Ralph just identify himself, or say something to ease the situation. Waittt, he want to take we to de CCJ too and get some money.

    So the Security Officer should lose her pick because she can’t recognise the Caribbean Leaders. Don’t even let us go further afield. And for what? Because somebody bag went off and further checks must be made as trained to do?

    And why wunna lumping Airport Security and Immigration Officers as one with the same duties and responsibilities.

  77. jckkim April 30, 2015 at 8:23 am

    The same gun and smoke went off with myrie and what happen in the end???I guess some people will never get it right

  78. Bajan April 30, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Wait a minute, where was the Police Special Branch Dignitary Protective Services who are responsible for all senior dignitaries and Heads of States landing at GAIA or in-transit? Where was the Airline agent who had prior knowledge that a Head of State was on their manifest and should have followed their corporate protocol for VIP passengers? By the way how could you be a security officer at GAIA and not recognize a Head of State from a CARICOM nation and famous one at that? It was the security officer’s job to recognize the Head of State and it was her job to follow correct protocol with due diligence, which she failed to do.

    • love my island April 30, 2015 at 10:11 am

      u talking utter garbage so all ppl that look like a Prime minister is to walk on tru altho their luggage flag security ……. she was right he should a let her screen the damn stupid bag……..

      • Bajan April 30, 2015 at 10:00 pm

        ‘Love my Island’ we are not talking about a person that looks like a Prime Minister. We are talking about a Prime Minister of a CARICOM country with diplomatic privilege. The security officer’s job description as an airport security officer comes with specialist airport security training that enables her to function in that environment. Apart from being able to recognize and identify various threats and hazards at a port of entry she must also be able to recognize and identify a wide range of people including airport staff, Members of the Barbados Parliament and Heads of CARICOM States. Simply asking the Prime Minister to inspect his travel documents as she is trained to do would have avoided the embarrassment. The notion that the President of the USA, a Prime Minister of any Country or a famous celebrity such as Oprah or Rhiannah should be treated like john public whilst at GAIA is simply a dream on your part.

  79. Charles Edwards April 30, 2015 at 8:26 am

    I feel your pain Mr Prime minister, would you believe that any child with knowledge of the Caribbean political scope as the computer teaches them in this time in even the kinder garden class needs only to see things once to remember it.l think that this incident has more to it than is seen,may be some one had the wrong mug at the coffee machine and you how the girls like to talk when they were passed over for another DooNut.
    Sometimes it takes a rocket scientist to took Security Mr BARROW.

  80. King Julian
    King Julian April 30, 2015 at 8:28 am


  81. Brian Marquez
    Brian Marquez April 30, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Barbados immigration and customs continues to treat tourist including other Caribbean people as thought they are less than people, they are unmannerly and unfriendly. The guard that stopped him was doing exactly what she was being paid to do. Is everyone expected to recognize every Prime minister in the Caribbean or the world as a matter of fact? The screw up came from the protocol people’s level or maybe even higher. Barbados needs to start recognizing that wether they like it or not they depend on tourism, without it they would become another Haiti. Wake up Barbados… can’t even pay people their tax returns form last year, signs of things to come….

  82. Anthony Grazette
    Anthony Grazette April 30, 2015 at 8:38 am

    regardless of who he is; his bags gave cause to be check! Well done security officer..

  83. Nichola Maynard
    Nichola Maynard April 30, 2015 at 8:44 am

    His ego was bruised but I’m sure he learnt his lesson. The security lady did her job and I think it was ignorant of him to not address 1. Who he was 2. Heed instructions. But I guess he thought his status didn’t merit stooping that low and these are the leaders…..

  84. D. Mckie April 30, 2015 at 8:48 am

    The worst and some of the rudest airports staffs i have ever had the mis-fortune to have come across is in Barbados, then again i am not the right colour to be treated with respect in that airport with the staffs who are still suffering from mental slavery! ya sir boss

  85. Jus Me April 30, 2015 at 8:49 am

    Officer was RIGHT.
    If I am a Passenger on ANY aircraft, if a baggage is noticed as SUSPECT ,100% has to be rexamined,I DEMAND that as my right to travel without fear and in safety.

    Look at the GERMAN WINGS flight where the PILOT is alleged, to have destroyed his own aircraft and took the lives of 150PEOPLE.

    EVERYBODY has to be checked. You telling me we have NO LUNATIC politicians.

    GONSALVES get LOST and take your GIANT EGO with you.

    Under international flight Law ,Gonsalves refused to obey the instructions of a legally appointed officer.
    He should be penalised.

    HE IS A PRIME example of the main problem in the CARIBBEAN.
    He feels, as a politician, he IS ABOVE THE LAW.

    He feels very “at home” in Barbados.

  86. David Coulthrust
    David Coulthrust April 30, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I don’t understand the headline of this story. If his bag went off she was in her right to make the request of him.

  87. Eric April 30, 2015 at 9:02 am

    your comments sicken me. If it was our Barbadian Prime Minister who was treated like that in St Vincent, we would have been quick to talk about how backward Vincentians are not to recognize him. Your insularity sickens me. You say that she was doing what she was trained for…then perhaps she was not trained well enough to use duplicate.

    • Eric April 30, 2015 at 9:03 am

      not duplicate but diplomacy

  88. Mike April 30, 2015 at 9:07 am

    RE: Walter Prescod, what’s your problem with the G4S lady? She did the right thing. If you understood security, then you would know it is a breach to announce to all the travel movements of dignitaries.

    The real foul up in this matter came from the Protocol Office, and from Dr. Gonsalves himself. A Protocol Officer should have been on hand to usher Dr. Gonsalves through the screening process, and he should have identified himself (I’m assuming he didn’t).

    To the G4S security, I say “well done”, and keep the good work up.

  89. Fran Severn-Levy
    Fran Severn-Levy April 30, 2015 at 9:13 am

    The rules are *supposed* to apply to everyone. Why does a leader of a democracy think he is above the rules for the rest of the people. Good for her for obeying her mandate.

    • Joshua Walcott
      Joshua Walcott April 30, 2015 at 10:27 am

      because is is above the rules, diplomats especial heads of state are afforded special privileges

  90. Fitz.dee April 30, 2015 at 9:18 am

    I often wonder what purpose G4S serves at GAIA. When I once traveled early in the morning you would have 8 of them and 6 passengers and they brought a new meaning to efficiency. These are the same bunglers of the London Olympics and in more recent times who spilled all the money on a Hong Kong Highway. The best description I can give them is “AN ARMY OF OCCUPATION”

  91. Bird Out
    Bird Out April 30, 2015 at 9:24 am

    U cnt plz ppl at d end of d day na matter wa u do gd or bad or inbetween but she had her job to do n it was done so cnt b her fault.

  92. lynn April 30, 2015 at 9:35 am

    reminds me of the idiots who thinks they are important and makes the dumb comment, “do you know who I am?” my answer usually is no. What I want to say is, “no, but when you find out, please let me know.”

  93. Lisa Parris
    Lisa Parris April 30, 2015 at 9:45 am

    If the bag belonged to the pope and it beeped check it. These are funny times and regardless of who you think you are safety is paramount. Suppose someone had put something in his bag knowing full well that he was not going to be checked properly.

  94. Dahlia April 30, 2015 at 9:51 am

    My sister was treated like scum passing through ther. Another thing what is the purpose of your secutity when people’s luggage and contents go missing after they overnight there.?

  95. Pauline Forte
    Pauline Forte April 30, 2015 at 9:52 am

    Last week a jet blue brought passenger destined for another country. This incident was matter of identification. However did not read anyone posting that this individual may have been carrying a bomb but saying that the individual was lucky to be taken to this beautiful country. I agree with Descilla andJulia

  96. Angel April 30, 2015 at 10:07 am

    It should never matter who you are. If your luggage is given a cause to be searched it should be searched and one should comply. That is why security is hired. The honourable Prime Minister of St Vincent should have nothing but , ” Good Job! ” to say to her.

  97. Stephen Lashley
    Stephen Lashley April 30, 2015 at 10:20 am

    the people that do the job are just as important as the women that stand on the podium

  98. Boomstatic April 30, 2015 at 10:25 am

    People are quick to support this female security officer and the other officers on duty but G4S will be justified in handing them packages. This is the kind of incident that would cause G4S to lose their contract with GAIA. How could you not recognise the Prime Minister of St. Vincent our closest neighbour?? And to subject the man to security because your excuse is my job is to screen everybody so I will screen everybody?? Have they no common sense?? If I were a dignitary I would have an ego as well and would be very insulted if that happened to me. Why the didn’t check is passport or did they and something in their head didn’t go off that this name is familiar?? Ask any bajan to name prime ministers of the region and most will say Portia, Camila and Gonsalves! Stupidity, ignorance, lack of initiative and lack of common sense are to blame here. I would hate to think that the union……any way

  99. Sam Shank April 30, 2015 at 10:33 am

    He should have taken COW’s offer of a one way ticket to Russia in or around 1973 and he would not be having to follow instructions – like everyone else – in Barbados now. Bye Bye Ralph, If you do not like the service in Barbados airport stay out of it. Your never to function International airport will soon be complete, use that. Egotistical @55.

  100. Soulja April 30, 2015 at 10:38 am

    All of you people who agreed with her actions are foolish, stupid and biased. Like someone said early up, the article does not say if The Prime Minister stated who he was. Even THOUGH he did not, one security personnel would have checked his passport. TO ALLLL the FOOOOLLLSSS talking about PROTOCOLS…. DO YOU KNOW THE PROTOCOL BEHIND A DIPLOMATIC PASSPORT??? If not i URGE you to SHUTUP….He would most likely have one, and on seeing that, THEY the security personnel should know what to do, because I DOUBT it would have been their FIRST TIME dealing with one. And as one of you intelligent Bajan national said, if it was YOUR Prime Minister being treated like that in any other country, you would hear who backward and who stupid. YCs

  101. sam April 30, 2015 at 10:39 am

    Everyone’s who is commenting don’t know what exactly happen and quick to blame Gonzales. However most people who travel via Barbados knows how their security and airport staff treats Black’s especially . So I will give Gonzales the terms up. Maurice Bishop thanks for your vision and hard work for MBA. Because for the same reason you didn’t want to go to Barbados too.

  102. me April 30, 2015 at 10:40 am

    whoever wrote this needs to get the right info…an reading some of the comments bajans are so stupid very **** stupid!

  103. jeerome April 30, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Good job G4S. It is not your duty to recognize people. The fault lies with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister. The lady deserves a raise.

  104. Curtis April 30, 2015 at 10:48 am

    she did what was best practice with the knowledge/information she had at the time. If he was asked to have his bags rescan in the USA would this be new today. Come I in these funny times everyone should be looked at with caution. Look at the co pilot that crash a whole plane due to mental illness. Was he a lesser man that the Hon PM. If there is a concern check it out and that principle should apply to all traveling or conducting business anywhere

  105. Kevin simon April 30, 2015 at 10:53 am

    Mr. Dixon, everyone seemingly knows that LIAT does not have Boeing 737 aircraft. The flight number is LIAT 737!
    These security officers in Barbados need better training on how to deal with people. I have interacted with them countless times and quite a few of them have poor knowledge of what they are supposed to be doing…..

  106. Matthew Greaves
    Matthew Greaves April 30, 2015 at 10:55 am

    when doing the right thing becomes wrong just because someone is high profile everyone should know them and let them go without showing any form of identification well well well and then we does complain about bajans not doing their jobs

  107. Reading with interest April 30, 2015 at 11:02 am

    @Elridge, I take 737 to mean the flight number and not the type aircraft as the journalist probably felt that it was understood.

  108. DavidS April 30, 2015 at 11:09 am

    There is nothing for the Security Officer of G4S or indeed Barbados to apologize for.A humble leader would had indicated his status.If that was done this unfortunate incident would not have taken place.
    The arrogance of the Prime Minister led to this situation
    Should Barbados be always the whipping boy of the Caribbean?
    Everyone in the Caribbean love to beat up on Barbados for the most miniscule of issues.

  109. Billy FartLand April 30, 2015 at 11:16 am

    Doesnt matter whos entering the country or not. they need to be searched to the same extent as if you’re a visitor or any other person. ( IF you’re a PM , Have proof and be a proper leader by accepting you didnt produce enough legitimate identification)

    Shes doing her job and should be commended. If the Pm just explained his situation to her, she probably would have said what she was trained to say : I dont care who you are, you’re entering my country. You follow by our rules. If i dont know who you are, ie dont recognise you etc, then you have to follow the same rules as anyone else. Simple so

    However i think the PM and his silly party for being late, made this blow out of proportion .

  110. Rose Williams April 30, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    I am a proud Bajan but this incident leaves me a little less proud. The honourable Prime Minister has diplomatic immunity and can refuse to be searched. Foreign Service Officers are supposed to meet a leader of his statue and since the flight was late they should have been there. Special Branch Police Officers should have been waiting as well. A diplomatic note should have been sent to The Ministry of Foreign Affairs telling of the arrival of the Prime Minister. Won’t it be something if the note was not sent by the Vincentian Foreign Affairs?

  111. John browne April 30, 2015 at 12:36 pm


  112. John browne April 30, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Firstly the flight did not arrive late, secondly protocol was there but apparently was to busy to recognize the flight had landed and the PM walked himself into into the intransit area , this comes from someone who was present when this occurred

  113. Tamarind Rod April 30, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Does anyone remember Manuel Noriega of Panama, can anyone recall the phrase “it boggles the mind” by Waldo Waldron-Ramsay re his dog and the police in Washington. Does anyone recall the diplomatic pouch incident at the airport. Prime Minister Gonsalves has had his share of headline-grabbers over the years, including his years as a student at UWI/Cave Hill. The security officer did her job correctly. End of story.

  114. Caswell Franklyn April 30, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    Mr. Gonsalves is a longstanding Caricom Prime Minister and ought to know how to conduct himself. When the truth is told, you would realise that Gonsalves owe the security officers at the airport an apology. Being a prime minister is no reason to disrespect workers who he apparently considers to be nobodies.

    His behaviour was shocking and made worse because of who he happens to be. Gonsalves approached security without any protocol officer of special branch officer. The scanner went off and the officer, who did not know him, asked him to submit to a search as is the normal procedure. At that point, Gonsalves disrespected the officer and went into the toilet. An airport security officer was summoned and came to the assistance of the G4S security guard.

    In the end, the matter was resolved but the situation could have been avoided if Gonsalves knew how to behave.


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