interCarribean San Juan to BVI: Please, No Pictures!


interCarribbean San Juan BVI Flight Review is part of the Rum Rum Caribbean Castaway Trip Report.

After missing my flight to BVI thanks to not bringing my passport, I arrived the next day with the requisite paperwork (see My Duck Up: You Need a Passport for British Virgin Islands). There was still drama this time as the gate agent said I did not come the required two hours before and he could have prevented me from going. I hustled to the gate which is in an even more run-down part of San Juan airport. Of course, upon arriving, I learned that the flight was delayed.

On-time according to whom?

The dramatics continued on the way to the plane. We were told to line up single file and were sternly told not to take photos. Before boarding the plane, border patrol asked for everyone’s passport and inquired as to how much cash we were carrying.

TPOL’s TIP to Customs & Border Patrol: You don’t have to launder money in BVI when there is no federal or state income taxes in PR for those who qualify (see Despacito! TPOL Is Moving to Puerto Rico! Effective Inmediatamente).

When I boarded the plane, I sat in the back right next to the exit. I appointed myself as the flight attendant and the one responsible should there be an emergency.

The 45 minute flight dragged on. It was hot and stuffy in the plane and far from the romantic Maldives seaplane I experienced years ago (see The Maldives Seaplane: Luxury for the Working Class). This was more like a flight that should be in my list of all time terrible aviation experiences (see TPOL’s Worst Flight Experiences). Though I could not take pictures from the outside of the plane, I captured many great ones upon departing and as we made our approach.

On the ground, a member of the interCaribbean staff scolded many of us for taking pictures. I was not given an explanation as to why pictures are not allowed.

Couldn’t get the nose in this sneak shot.

As you would expect, the same no pictures warning was given on my flight home. I snuck one shot before boarding.

No pictures!

The return flight was much more comfortable as the plane resembled something from the 20th century, not the 19th.

Normal seats


I came. I was turned away. I returned. I took photos. I conquered.

interCarribbean San Juan BVI Flight Review is part of the Rum Rum Caribbean Castaway Trip Report.


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