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Welcome to Thailand - and welcome to immigration queues!

 

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Image: Oo Spin9

 

A widely shared Tweet said there was chaos at Suvarnabhumi airport yesterday as massive queues greeted international passengers. 

 

Twitter user "Oo Spin9"  said that the new "biometric" fingerprint scanning was to blame for the delays, an observation confirmed by a tourist who spoke to Thaivisa. 

 

The Tweeter said: "Welcome to Thailand - and welcome to queues at immigration. Passengers needed to get all ten fingers scanned". 

 

This went viral being retweeted 5,000 times. 

 

 

A tourist arriving from Scotland told Thaivisa: "It took ages to clear through immigration. There was a huge queue. I had never seen this fingerprint scanning in Thailand before.

 

"As I got near I saw Asian people who couldn't speak English being asked to scan their fingers and it was very slow due to the language barrier.

 

"My early afternoon arrival was delayed then what with these queues I was caught up in the Bangkok rush hour  that I had also wanted to avoid. I got to my destination much later than expected".

 

Thaivisa notes that the official launch date of the new biometic system - installed at a cost of more than 2 billion baht  - is July 1st. 

 

The system has been hailed as state-of-the-art and designed to help keep Thailand secure. 

 

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I arrived back through Phuket International terminal on Wednesday. No big queues and the process was just as quick despite having to do the biometric scanning. If only the baggage reclaim was as quick!

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This scanning of our fingerprints is so disgusting. For most of my life - decades and decades - it has always been only CRIMINALS who have their fingerprints taken.

Now the sheep all think it is perfectly acceptable for us all to be herded and monitored and branded. 

I will never agree with this insane Orwellian system of fake 'security' obsession and psychotic control-freakery - when the real monsters (yes, monsters) are the criminals in high places (the less than 1%) who are running the whole filthy show.

 

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1 minute ago, Eligius said:

This scanning of our fingerprints is so disgusting. For most of my life - decades and decades - it has always been only CRIMINALS who have their fingerprints taken.

Now the sheep all think it is perfectly acceptable for us all to be herded and monitored and branded. 

I will never agree with this insane system of 'security' obsession - when the real monsters (yes, monsters) are the criminals in high places (the less than 1%) who are running the whole filthy show.

Don't worry, if Thai immigration can't get their heads round it without creating enormous queues backed up miles, they'll quietly junk the system and write off the 2B Baht it cost; they have form in this area.

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2 minutes ago, RobboR said:

If you say no what happens?

You get on the next flight back to where you come from after enjoying the hospitality in detention.

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1 minute ago, RobboR said:

I agree but can you actually oppose them taking your prints?

If you say no what happens?

You are right: as far as I know, we cannot say 'no'. If we do, we shall be refused entry. So outwardly we are forced to go along with it - but inwardly (if we are true human beings with spirit) we will be railing at the criminal way in which we are increasingly being treated.

 

There really needs to be a world-wide revolution against the dehumanisation of global society which is proceeding apace. People are being turned into zombified slaves, and as the great Aldous Huxley predicted, people are being trained to 'love their servitude'.

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Hmmm. I suspect the fast lane ticket scam is going to make an inevitable return, just days after supposedly being shut down. The timing of sudden massive queues seems highly coincidental.

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17 minutes ago, Jonathan Fairfield said:

"As I got near I saw Asian people who couldn't speak English being asked to scan their fingers and it was very slow due to the language barrier. 

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Thaivisa notes that the official launch date of the new biometic system - installed at a cost of more than 2 billion baht  - is July 1st. 

As they've spent 2 billion Baht in this, a few handouts in a dozen languages explaining the details wouldn't have been too much to ask would it?

 

Actually it probably would, when the RTP were getting the Interpol documents for the Red Bull killer translated a year or so back, it took them weeks of waiting to do that. The speed on that job was perhaps inversely proportional to any cash donations received from interested parties.

 

There again I'm using that non-understood foreign concept - forward planning.

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11 minutes ago, Eligius said:

This scanning of our fingerprints is so disgusting. For most of my life - decades and decades - it has always been only CRIMINALS who have their fingerprints taken.

Now the sheep all think it is perfectly acceptable for us all to be herded and monitored and branded. 

I will never agree with this insane Orwellian system of fake 'security' obsession and psychotic control-freakery - when the real monsters (yes, monsters) are the criminals in high places (the less than 1%) who are running the whole filthy show.

 

People who think like this tend to not realize just how much of our 'private' information is in the public domain already or available for sale to third parties. Nothing you can do about it. Personally if it means a reduced chance of actual criminals getting in and living among us then I'm all for it. Whatever privacy concerns I may have are outweighed by the benefits of living in a safer society. It's more an issue of sloppy implementation that's the problem here. Lines not managed, forms nowhere to be found, staff picking their noses and eating soup on a chair, gross scanners never cleaned, pens covered in scotch tape with the germs of 10000 travelers, IO taking their sweet time, etc. Thailand should really take notes from Japan where this system has been in place for many years.

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19 minutes ago, bangkokfrog said:

I thought BJ has been reduced to an inactive "post" these days.

no one really knows what this guy is doing now....perhaps they are checking all ten of his finger prints to establish WHO HE is??!!!

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27 minutes ago, Eligius said:

This scanning of our fingerprints is so disgusting. For most of my life - decades and decades - it has always been only CRIMINALS who have their fingerprints taken.

Now the sheep all think it is perfectly acceptable for us all to be herded and monitored and branded. 

I will never agree with this insane Orwellian system of fake 'security' obsession and psychotic control-freakery - when the real monsters (yes, monsters) are the criminals in high places (the less than 1%) who are running the whole filthy show.

 

They just copy what european did .

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