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BANGKOK 20 June 2019 14:06
Kinnock

Biometrics started at airport - long queues

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Sounds like it could turn into a nightmare when it's crowded, and possible could people miss their flights.

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Queue the comments on the Thai's being hopeless, useless, ignorant, clueless... oh, wait.. that one's been done already. Dumb, uneducated, worthless...

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5 minutes ago, RotBenz8888 said:

Sounds like it could turn into a nightmare when it's crowded, and possible could people miss their flights.

And it might rain heavily as well and they can't even get to the airport in the first place.

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But!... a good heads-up for those who will be imminently traveling to the enchanted kingdom... like myself.

 

Forewarned is forearmed and all that.

 

Thanks!

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22 minutes ago, NanLaew said:

Queue the comments on the Thai's being hopeless, useless, ignorant, clueless... oh, wait.. that one's been done already. Dumb, uneducated, worthless...

re airport In this case its looking perfectly like that

The last line is how my thai wife views our neighbors here in the jungle i am too polite to comment but most of the time i feel she has a point

 

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1 hour ago, Kinnock said:

it took over 50 minutes for the short queue of 6 people to get through Immigration

 

1 hour ago, Kinnock said:

...so the hoards of Chinese hill farmers, Russian gangsters and obese Middle Eastern women in wheelchairs were struggling to follow the instructions.

 

I guess it's subjective, but I wouldn't refer to 6 people as "hoards". I'm afraid that it would kill my credibility. Claiming to know what people do by simply looking at them in queue doesn't help either.

 

I'm really not saying this to be nasty or critical but only to help (while realizing that my unsolicited help may not be welcome) but I think we could all benefit from reports that have what seem to be consistent and credible info. 

 

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This is going to be interesting... we Roadrunners don't have fingers.

 

Seriously, the Immigration requirements have gotten ridiculous. What next, implant a chip, or how about an ankle bracelet with GPS so they'll know where we are 24/7. Welcome to Thailand.

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1 hour ago, NanLaew said:

Queue the comments on the Thai's being hopeless, useless, ignorant, clueless... oh, wait.. that one's been done already. Dumb, uneducated, worthless...

this has been going on at London airports for first time none EU visitors, for about 6 years, maybe longer.  My in laws went through the finger print process on their first visit to the UK.  in the US for longer. It's not just a Thai idea.  

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The Immigration officers looked clueless and confused, and the 'press 4 fingers of right hand' instructions are only in English, so the hoards of Chinese hill farmers, Russian gangsters and obese Middle Eastern women in wheelchairs were struggling to follow the instructions.

 

The diagram on the screen shows what to do. You don't need to read anything. They have these all over China's transport system and the 'hill farmers' will have used them previously.

 

Ok, be Sinophobic if it floats your boat but dont tell barefaced lies.

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1 hour ago, blackcab said:

That's interesting. I was in the same airport at about 6pm today and I had a very different experience. It was quiet, and there were 5 or 6 people in the queue in front of me.

 

Everyone was processed quickly and the fingerprint scanners worked efficiently.

My flight landed around 19:00, queues were short, but did not move for 20 minutes so were backing up, then it took another 30 minutes for 5 or 6 people to get through. All lines started to back up and extended out of the strap barriers.

 

Helpers in blue 'Biometrics' waistcoats started guiding people - both passengers and Immigration Officers - and this seemed to get the lines moving, but very slowly.

 

And this was on a quiet day.

 

Perhaps it will get quicker, but as there can be long queues at peak times without the new scanners, I'm not optimistic.

 

 

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