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Slow queues at Bangkok airport playing into the hands of "priority lane" scam worth millions

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Slow queues at Bangkok airport playing into the hands of "priority lane" scam worth millions

 

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Thai media Manager in an exclusive story suggested that the Airports Authority of Thailand and even Immigration may be happy that airport queues for passport checks are long.

 

This is so that corrupt officials can benefit by selling priority lane passes to people who don't want to wait especially on their outward trips, they claimed.

 

The corrupt practice is worth hundreds of millions of baht a year, said Manager.

 

As a matter of course they said that first and business class passengers, aircrew, diplomats and certain employees of Board of Investment companies would use the priority lane. The cost was part of their tickets and could be as little as an extra 20 baht..

 

But unscrupulous gangs are selling the passes for anywhere between 200 and 1000 baht a time to people in a hurry.

 

Manager demanded to know what role the Airports Authority or Immigration may have in the sale of passes?

 

And they asked how is the money being paid?

 

And they asked is it fair to other passengers? 

 

They demanded to know how the money was being paid and to whom?

 

They even suggested that the famous long queues at the airport were to the advantage of the unscrupulous in raising the demand for priority lane passes. 

 

Though they called their story exclusive it was short on official response from the AOT or Immigration. 

 

But they said that the scam was worth hundreds of millions of baht to those behind it. 

 

Source: https://mgronline.com/business/detail/9610000065802

 
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The scammers for the Priority Lane are plentiful. Suvarnabhumi is a scammers paradise. Starting with King Power and Immigration.

I have a friend who was charged 1000 baht just to walk from the exit ramp to Priority Inward Immigration. There the escort scumbag slipped the Immigration Officer some money with a big smile and the process was completed smoothly.

Thailand all over.

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In a perfect world (or at least a well-run airport), there wouldn’t be a market for priority lane passes.  But I wish I could buy them at many southeast Asian airports - especially Vietnam.

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It seems that AOT leadership has learned some lessons from Chiang Mai Immigration leadership.

Note that I am not faulting the underlings.  Leadership sets the standard.

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and the beat (down) goes on and on...

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I would pay 2500 baht to bypass the lines. Luckily my wife and kids have Thai passports. Took me 5 minutes to get through. 

 

 

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Just fly business class. You know it makes sense!

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2 minutes ago, Grouse said:

Just fly business class. You know it makes sense!

Only in Thailand do economy class passangers complain that they are not treated like business class. Only in Thailand.

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Who would be surprised at this?  In the land of scams, just about everyone is being scammed including the Thais, only the streetwise and the alertly cynical escape being scam victims. King Power is still the biggest scam at Suvarnabhumi. Mind you, you have to be pretty stupid to buy so called 'duty free' at a price which is often twice what you would pay for the same item in a Bangkok mall.

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And the result of this scam are growing queues.... at the priority lane.

Pictures from 23 June 2018, departure.

(normal halls crowded too of course)

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1 hour ago, Cadbury said:

The scammers for the Priority Lane are plentiful. Suvarnabhumi is a scammers paradise. Starting with King Power and Immigration.

I have a friend who was charged 1000 baht just to walk from the exit ramp to Priority Inward Immigration. There the escort scumbag slipped the Immigration Officer some money with a big smile and the process was completed smoothly.

Thailand all over.

So your friend exited the plane and paid someone to take him through fast track, and then was surprised to find the immigration was paid and he proceeded smoothly through Fast Track? How awful for him!

 

Seriously, did he book it beforehand?  If not was he forced to do it or did he decide to take up the on-the-spot offer to save himself some time (which it evidently did).  An official booking is 1,200 so sounds like he got a deal.  I don't get your complaint.

 

And what are the King Power scams you mention?  (Please don't say people crossing the boundary with goods and getting arrested)

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Over the past year or so, the so-called Fast Track queue, particularly outbound, has become so rammed that I think it is not worth the price of admission. That is, unless you are getting it for free with a business class ticket, BOI, or APEC card where you might save a bit of time. Without exception, it is the slowest I have encountered at any airport in Asia.

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24 minutes ago, KhunBENQ said:

And the result of this scam are growing queues.... at the priority lane.

Pictures from 23 June 2018, departure.

(normal halls crowded too of course)

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The problem with priority departures is a lot of frequent flyers get to use it regardless of their class of travel, unlike arrivals, and the crap facilities you pictured are never going to improve, there is just no space.

 

One thing always has me perplexed about AOT, is how they are actually planning for immigration to process the additional numbers that come through the new midfield terminal, who all come through the same hall. Apparently they'll extend the North West wing but it doesn't make sense.

 

Suvarnhabhumi is going to be a hacked up run down shambles within 5 years. 

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