Bangkok's International Airport, Suvarnabhumi,
has centralised its main security screening operations.
Departing passengers are now all screened
immediately after they pass through immigration. This means that
passengers will no longer be able to carry liquids, gels, sharp
objects etc. through to the airside areas of the terminal
buildings as they may have done in the past.
Previously, all the security screening was
at the entrance to the main gate concourses. This new system condenses two necessary
inconveniences - namely, immigration and security - into one, and
therefore gives a passenger more time to relax, knowing that he/she has no
more intrusive searches to go through, before getting
on the plane.
There are other benefits too, now if a passenger
purchases something to drink airside they no longer have to throw
that drink away before they get to the boarding gate (some
airlines may have their own additional security screening). It
also frees up space for AOT to add more retail space, if it wanted
Another benefit, is that because it still takes
a reasonable amount of time to pass through immigration, then the feed of people that
enters the security screening area is in a way more controlled, a trickle rather than a flood,
should help to keep the queues from getting too big.
Of course, not everyone will be
pleased with the change, but the ability to get on the
plane just that little more relaxed, because you have
not had to take your shoes, belt and other things off to
please a bored security official just a few minutes
before, will be a welcome move for many.
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