Baggage inspection at MGA
Arrived at MGA on Tuesday. Found that there is a new secondary inspection at a separate counter for anything deemed suspicious by the X-Ray. I had a 15 year old stereo receiver in my suitcase, so I was flagged. Long line of gringos and Nicas for secondary inspection, and they were retaining lots of stuff. I got to keep the old receiver, but they retained a small renewable energy monitor that I made the mistake of packing in the original box and not having a receipt for it. I was well within the $500 limit (as is indicated on the customs form as allowed duty-free), but without a receipt, I couldn't prove it, even if the thing was plastic and only 5 inches wide.
So, the next step is to go back to the airport and try to liberate it from customs at the airport. I prefer not to make a special trip for this, so I am planning to leave two hours early for the trip home, check in, and then go see if I can pay something to get it back. Has anyone had a recent experience with the time needed for this process at the airport?
This secondary inspection is new to me. Never had an issue before. I don't know if it was a temporary push for a limited time, or if this is the new normal, but everyone should have a receipt for anything new or valuable looking from now on I believe.