Where’s the logic?
To the Editor,
This is not so much a complaint as a query re the logic
of the Royal Thai Air Force. For some years I have had a pass to go through
the Air Force base to the airport and immigration office but this year I was
refused this privilege. They refused it on the basis that though I am the
registered owner of the car I don’t have a driving license. I employ a
full time driver who does have a license and I think that this is what has
caused the confusion. It appears that the easiest answer was just to refuse
to issue the pass. Last year they did, in fact, give me one and when that
was pointed out they said, well yes, but this year they wouldn’t. For
those of us who live on or near the Huay Kaew road this is a very convenient
shortcut to the other side of town. If any Air Force official should read
this I would be interested to hear his/her point of view.
P.S. As an alternative I could sign up and become the oldest foreign
recruit in the Royal Thai Air Force with his own chauffeur driven car and
get free entry to and through the base.
I had an experience recently that should be shared with readers. I had
to change a flight because my destination was destroyed by a recent
hurricane. I was amazed that the company charged me US $101.50 (4,000 baht)
for a “change fee”. Furthermore, when I protested and tried to explain
that I couldn’t go to a town that no longer exists – literally – I was
told by the agent to just answer “yes” or “no” to his questions and
“not extrapolate”. I was dumbfounded.
I used to be a long-term customer of this airline, flying internationally
several times a year. No more. Sometimes a change fee is just an irritation,
but sometimes it’s a
No Longer Theirs