Suvarnabhumi Centralises Security Screening

Travel News Asia Latest Travel News Podcasts Videos Monday, 14 September 2009

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 carried out 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 to.

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, and this 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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