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5 minutes ago, randymarsh said:

I've never heard of thermal surveillance before.  How does it work?  Is it just a fancy word for checking someone's temperature, or is it the futuristic scanning of literally everyone in the airport robocop style like I hope it is.

 

They install thermal cameras at forehead level and check your temperature as you're walking through.  You've probably seen it before and just not noticed.  Usually, the camera monitors aren't manned unless there's a warning so they're pretty easy to miss.

 

Edit:  A few times in China during SARS and swine flu, the whole airplane was kept in their seats while a health care crew used an infrared thermometer to check everyone's forehead temperature.  Once everyone was checked, we were allowed to deplane.  Took about 15-20 extra minutes.  I don't want to think about what would have happened had anyone onboard shown a fever.

 

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You mean through passport control?  I always thought that was just a regular camera taking my photo

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1 minute ago, randymarsh said:

You mean through passport control?  I always thought that was just a regular camera taking my photo

 

 

Usually before passport control in China airports, but I'm not sure where they'd put them in BKK.  Look for a sign indicating "quarantine" or something like that.  I've even seen them scanning at entrance doors in Thai hospitals during some international epidemics.

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5 hours ago, TheDark said:

 

Special seaplane from Phi-Phi to neighbouring island of Phuket.  Ok..

 

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Nope - the news article says seaplane from Phuket to Bangkok (Bumrungrad Hospital).  I assume it landed on the dirty canal near to the hospital 🙂

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No, before passport control, as you're walking towards passport control, there are large cameras that look like having 20 cm lenses at the front. They scan the image in temperature and on the screen of operator there are colours from green to red - anyone in red has fever and is stopped and taken aside. Issue with this method is that you could be infected but not develop symptoms yet, so you would appear green on the screen.

 

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5 minutes ago, tomazbodner said:

No, before passport control, as you're walking towards passport control, there are large cameras that look like having 20 cm lenses at the front. They scan the image in temperature and on the screen of operator there are colours from green to red - anyone in red has fever and is stopped and taken aside. Issue with this method is that you could be infected but not develop symptoms yet, so you would appear green on the screen.

Thanks. Can't picture this at all though.  I don't think I've ever been scanned? Or is everybody scanned?

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My instinct on this story btw is that its fake news.  No good sources.  The guys in Phuket and young, the vaping idea sounds more likely. 

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22 minutes ago, impulse said:

 

Which is more important, getting him to a better equipped hospital a little faster, or keeping up his treatment enroute, while not bouncing him around on a speedboat for a couple of hours?  

 

Once again...  I don't know.  I wasn't there, and it's not my job anyway.  Fortunately, there are people who do that for a living.

 

I wasn't there as well, but the people who do this for a living seem to agree with me. Speedboat ( I presume) to Phuket, seaplane from there to Bangkok.

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5 minutes ago, randymarsh said:

Thanks. Can't picture this at all though.  I don't think I've ever been scanned? Or is everybody scanned?

Scanning only if there are specific reasons, like now.

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11 minutes ago, stevenl said:

I wasn't there as well, but the people who do this for a living seem to agree with me. Speedboat ( I presume) to Phuket, seaplane from there to Bangkok.

 

Gotta wonder why they'd need a seaplane to go from one international airport to another...

 

Perhaps a generic term for air ambulance?

 

Edit:  Or is the island considered part of Phuket province?

 

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6 minutes ago, randymarsh said:

Thanks. Can't picture this at all though.  I don't think I've ever been scanned? Or is everybody scanned?

In HK and when there's someone at the counter at BKK, yes, everyone is scanned. They are watching the oncoming "traffic" of people towards passport control. Anyone in red stands out. In HK it's at the end of corridor towards immigration, just where the escalator from the train underground gets to arrival floor. There are several cameras and several staff at each side with large screens in front of them, and they see "colours" coming from at least 50m away. In Swampy the cameras are mounted above counters just as you turn into immigration hall from the long corridors, after the Duty Free shop. But for the past several months, cameras were there, however monitors were off and nobody was manning the counters.

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21 minutes ago, randymarsh said:

My instinct on this story btw is that its fake news.  No good sources.  The guys in Phuket and young, the vaping idea sounds more likely. 

 

I just know that if I ended up in a Thai hospital for doing something illegal, I'd keep my big trap shut and ride the wave of sympathy. 

 

It's also suspicious to have an epidemic of one... One that doesn't fit the demographic narrative, no less.

 

It will be interesting to see what they find.  I can't see the tourist authorities keeping a clean bill of health a secret if it works out that way.

 

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K Phi Phi, I sure hope it has nothing to do with pest control, and bedbugs.

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57 minutes ago, DrTuner said:

All tourist spots with Chinese are now possible ground zeros for infection. Avoid if possible. 

The chinese are all over the tourists spots in Thailand now

it's hard to avoid them.

For the westerners who are lucky enough to not be here yet

they still can avoid Thailand.

Anyway with the dramatic level of air pollution here

it's better for their health to not come

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