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Phuket Airport in-line security scanners up and running

PHUKET: The introduction of “in-line” security scanners at Phuket International Airport on Saturday (April 1) has resolved the problem of massive queues of tourists being forced to wait outside the International Terminal, airport officials have confirmed.

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Wednesday 5 April 2017, 01:05PM

Phuket Airport Director Monrudee Gettuphan revealed that the “in-line” scanners were brought online at midnight on Saturday, with passengers no longer needing to have their baggage screened at the entrance doors to the terminal.

Passengers can now check in their hold baggage immediately, where it will be scanned via a conveyor-belt system before being loaded onto the aircraft, Ms Monrudee explained.

Previously, passengers had to check all of their baggage through an x-ray machine before entering the International Terminal, causing huge queues during busy holiday periods.

In one of the worst cases, hundreds of passengers were forced to wait outside the terminal during the New Year holidays while only two staff were available to conduct security scans on baggage (See story here).

The problem gained such notoriety that Thailand’s Transport Minister Lt Gen Arkhom Termpittayapaisith inspected Phuket Airport in person in January and ordered urgent action be taken to resolve the crisis. (See story here.)

However, Phuket Airport management has so far declined to comment on the security issue of unscreened baggage now allowed freely and unchecked into the terminal itself.

Ms Monrudee has been unavailable to comment to The Phuket News regarding the security concerns. All other airport management contacted by The Phuket News said they were not authorised to comment.

However, a public statement issued by airport authorities assured, “The security system is installed in accordance with international standards. If baggage containing suspicious items are found, the passenger will be notified before they board the aircraft and measures will be implemented to ensure safety.”



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Kurt | 06 April 2017 - 14:38:22

Yes Rorii,  Even when Phuket airport now meet international standards with  'in-line' scanners, they still can use the 'old' X-ray machines for spot checks outside the departure hall. 
Why not? Better safe than sorry.
Can use it in a way that it not holds up the main stream of departing passengers.
Check and double check, in a streamed not disturbing way, it can't be bad. Right?

It makes the departure hall more safe.
As Eric dekegel mentioned about that horrible bombing affair in departure hall of Brussels airport. Right?

100% safety guarantee not exists.
But not using airport safety x-ray equipment available is silly.
Now there is less safety for shops- and check in staff.

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Rorii | 05 April 2017 - 18:34:09

I find it strange, that a story on "new" scammers, we are shown only photos of the old, now unused "idle" scanners.
Going  by the story, am I correct in assuming that a terrorist could get into the terminal, carrying an explosive device, in carry on luggage?

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eric dekegel | 05 April 2017 - 17:19:10

This is perfect for people who want to bring in bombs into the departure hall, did AOT not saw the bombings at Brussels airport,if we had had the scanners outside in Brussels  it had not happened or been so heavy at least. And about the long lanes, I dropped friends at the international departure a few times, all people where in line at door 1/2/3, I have always dropped at the last door 5 where many time nobody was, but the staff is not smart enough or to lazy to let move people to the other scanners to have less congestion.

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Kurt | 05 April 2017 - 13:25:10

International Phuket Airport Management:
To decline and being unavailable for comments to Newspapers?
Is informing the public not a part of the management job?
What kind of mentality is that?
Not proud, feeling insecure to stand for their management function?
Guess they are to busy with checking or the airport toilets remain clean. ( Are they clean?)

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