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Security at Phuket Airport beefed up in response to car bomb warning

PHUKET: Security at Phuket International Airport (PIA) has been ramped up in response to the nationwide warning that car bomb attacks may be carried out at major tourist destinations later this month.

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Tanyaluk Sakoot

Wednesday 12 October 2016, 01:52PM

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) ordered to security to be boosted at major tourist areas in the country in the wake of the warning, which was leaked to the public on Monday (Oct 10).

Deputy national police chief Srivara Ransibrahmanakul confirmed on Monday that police had received intelligence about possible attacks in three locations during Oct 25-30 in the capital and nearby provinces.

Gen Srivara said authorities are on alert and have been told to step up both surveillance as well as intelligence operations.

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said that he was verifying the security warning and reporters should not exaggerate them. (See story here.)

Royal Thai Police Commander Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda confirmed that police have stepped up security measures nationwide, especially at major airports, as requested by Airports of Thailand (AOT) President Nitinai Sirismatthakarn.

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Security has been increased at airports all six major airports operated by AoT:

  • Suvarnabhumi Airport
  • Don Mueang International Airport
  • Phuket International Airport
  • Chiang Mai International Airport
  • Hat Yai International Airport
  • Mae Fah Luang–Chiang Rai International Airport

Security at all six airports is now at “Level 3+”, Mr Nitinai said, though security at Phuket Airport has been officially at the same level since the Erawan Shrine bombing in Augusta last year.

“Random checks on baggage passing through the airport have been increased , and we have the EOD (bomb-disposal) team and CCTV on watch on 24-hour standby to cover the whole area in the airport,” Mr Nitinai said.

“Police and local officials are on standby for a co-ordinated response to any potential emergency situation. We are also working with intelligence provided by the Office of the National Security Council,” he said.

Mr Nitinai urged people to report anything suspicious to the nearest airport staffer or by calling airport security at 1722.



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Andy | 13 October 2016 - 21:07:20

malczx7r is correct, we missed the entrance turn last week. He is also correct about the two exit signs pointing left and right with the right one totally obscuring the "Departures" sign. For some reason we had to drive past Arrivals to get to Departures where there is no sign saying "Arrivals". At Arrivals the area was full of cars, taxis, mini buses and coaches, probably close to 100. The taxi in front of us stopped to drop of passengers and we noticed that was the case for many of the vehicles. When we found Departures there was our car and one minibus in the whole area so even the locals do not know there is a separate Departures area on a higher floor. Possibly because I think (but not certain) that the aforementioned signs are only in English. Utter shambles.
Oh and the Thai Air lounge is a temporary cordoned off area of the departure lounge. It seems they forgot to build a proper lounge.

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Joe12 | 13 October 2016 - 20:19:18

Rorii... please be so kind professor and translate for me just this one sentence...  "A increase in security includes of course as little as possible people in arrival and departure halls of Phuket international airport." because I have really no clue

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Rorii | 13 October 2016 - 16:45:53

Joe12/swerv, must be a problem with the way you think/understand, I had no problem understanding kurt.

swerv, please take note of point 2.
1.a group of people assembled for religious worship.
2.a gathering or collection of people, animals, or things.

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malczx7r | 13 October 2016 - 11:59:19

Well after going to the airport this morning i now have figured out why people go to the old airport by mistake,  The police in their infinite wisdom have set a checpoint up just before the new entrance, tables, chairs and a huge pagoda block the sign which says international airport, luckily it was only 7am and as we drove really slowly up to it, managed to see through all the obstructions and at the last minute spotted the sign, luckily it was early so we didn't have the usual Taxi or Van lunatics driving a few mm from the rear bumper!  Then as you drive inside there are two arrows, left and right lanes, both marked as exits, the right hand sign virtually completely block out a sign a few metres behind it which says international departures!  After that the exit signs are just as confusing on how to get out, luckily a correct guess and a rough idea where I was got me turning left which brings you back out onto the old road to the old airport where you can do a U turn!  

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swerv | 13 October 2016 - 09:06:15

Kurt: I have no idea what point you are trying to make. Whether the people are queuing up inside to go through immigration or outside waiting buses/taxi's it's still the same number of people.
You cannot decrease the number of people in arrival/departure unless you start cancelling flights, which is not going to happen. So what is your point?

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Joe12 | 12 October 2016 - 21:03:16

Kurt...I too have no idea what your point is. 

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Kurt | 12 October 2016 - 18:57:01

swerv: Please start to learn to combine/relate matters.
A increase in security includes of course as little as possible people in arrival and departure halls of Phuket international airport.
Due to lack of immigration handling facilities there are far to many travelers to long at times in the halls.
That, swerv, is a high security risk.
Yes, rule nr 1 in safety and increasing security is handling matters as quick as possible to avoid enormous waiting groups of travelers all the time due to incompetent working departments.
Swerv, try to read contexts and understand , not only read words one by one.
Bombs threats at airports are not from cars, but from terroristic people in the crowded halls. 
Remember Brussels airport terroristic bombing?

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swerv | 12 October 2016 - 16:32:48

Kurt: "Rule nr 1 in safety, avoid at your airport enormous human congregation". WTF does that mean? Church congregation?
You are off on a tangent once again. The article is about an increase in security not the lack of computers and immigration personnel.
I wish you would stop waffling.

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Kurt | 12 October 2016 - 14:18:12

As long Phuket International Airport doesn't care about having enough Immigration officers on duty and not enough computers to handle arriving and departing tourists, sometimes there are almost 1000 tourist waiting(!), that long Phuket International Airport is not safe.
Rule nr 1 in safety, avoid at your airport enormous human congregation.
The still limited number of Immigration officers working at the desks is really unbelievable.

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