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Airport queues: Immigration chief at Bangkok airport, meeting planned for Thursday

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4 hours ago, webfact said:

Sompong ordered all available manpower to man desks and said that overtime was needed to plug up the gaps. 

He could also order them to leave their phones at home, before going to work.

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4 hours ago, sotsira said:

Confused!

 

I keep reading how tourist numbers are down and it's so 

quiet in all the tourist destinations around Thailand.

 

Now the airport is overrun with long queues due to so many 

arrivals, IO's will need to do overtime and increase their output

by 30%.

 

So which is it?

The long lines are not due to extraordinary numbers, from what I can gather it is how they are processing them. The fingerprint scanning part of it that is fairly new is taking a whole bunch of time. 

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4 hours ago, andre47 said:

There are priority lanes processing people aged?

I never saw them. How old you have to be to use them and are they also for farang?

I did not fly the last 12 months and I used without problems the priority lane upon arrival and departure (I am now 75)

If this facility has come to an end for the elderly than I am going to ask for a wheelchair because pain in the lower back prevents me to stand more than 15 minutes

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Waited 40 minutes last week to leave Thailand!! Came back a week later, 30 minutes to enter.  It's a farce.

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A little bird just told me now that, all the officers can speak English flawlessly... and I said what? in this day and age.

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4 hours ago, sotsira said:

Confused!

 

I keep reading how tourist numbers are down and it's so 

quiet in all the tourist destinations around Thailand.

 

Now the airport is overrun with long queues due to so many 

arrivals, IO's will need to do overtime and increase their output

by 30%.

 

So which is it?

Nothing confusing. The number of actions at immigration was increased.

Wonder what would happen if tourist numbers were up ?

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4 hours ago, andre47 said:

There are priority lanes processing people aged?

I never saw them. How old you have to be to use them and are they also for farang?

Yes they are. I have used them a few times.

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20 minutes ago, fvw53 said:

I did not fly the last 12 months and I used without problems the priority lane upon arrival and departure (I am now 75)

If this facility has come to an end for the elderly than I am going to ask for a wheelchair because pain in the lower back prevents me to stand more than 15 minutes

from 70 and for any nationality or gender and for folks accompanying folks 70 and up. And generally very polite and helpful.

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4 hours ago, Maverell said:

Yes there are at Suvarnabhumi. 70 years and up - same desk as arriving Thais use. On the far right side as you look at the desks. This info is correct as of 6 months ago.

And outward bound passengers over 70 can use the priority queue for BOI, Diplomats, Aircrew etc. The whole process is conducted on one floor, without having to go up and down elevators, and will save you a ton of time.

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