The only thing worse than having to leave St. John after a vacation … is having to navigate the security and Customs lines at the St. Thomas airport. Lines onto the sidewalk are not uncommon. Waits of an hour or more … sometimes in hot, hot weather … are not unheard of. Here's how to avoid them. Hire a porter.
On a recent TripAdvisor thread, Mir214 asked "How do they work and how much do they cost?" The simple answers are … they work fine and the cost is about $10/person. For that money, you get someone to help you with your bags, puts them on a dolly, and manages to wheedle you through faster than you could yourself.
"Well worth it if the lines are really bad," said Itsconnie on the TA forum. Snorkle2007 said, "The place was packed and we were able to bypass most of the lines except the security line." StJohnMax said, "I think they charge $3 per bag. I gladly gave the porter $26 for my two bags. Saved me an hour." Tnkbstr55 said a porter "took us to the American self-check-in kiosk, checked us in and got baggage tags. We saved an hour of time, at least."
- TripAdvisor thread: Porters at STT