Sir, In light of the recent Heathrow terrorist bomb plot I feel obliged to
highlight a potential serious flaw in security at Chiangmai Airport. Several
days ago my wife and I flew with Thai-airways from Chiang Mai to Bangkok. On
showing our boarding passes and passports to enter the departure lounge our
hand luggage was - as is usual - passed through the luggage scanner and we both
subsequently stepped through the people scanner - and both set of the
‘bleeper’. We were consequently summoned to one side and scanned by one of
the security staff with a manual (wand type) scanner. We both again bleeped -
probably belts, buckles, keys, etc. However, to my surprise, we were then waved
on to pick up our bags with no further investigation!
As a frequent flier I know that in many other airports we would have been put
back through the people scanner as many times as was necessary until the source
of the bleeping was found. Therefore I can only assume that the security staff
at Chiang Mai Airport have some new class of detectors that can distinguish
belt buckles, keys, etc., from a potential dangerous or threatening item - or
they are dangerously inefficient.
If they do have a new class of detectors isn’t it time all airports had them?