Airport Scare Sparks Security Overhaul (Airports of Thailand Plc (will…
Airport Scare Sparks Security Overhaul
Airports of Thailand Plc
at Suvarnabhumi airport
by the end of next year
recent criticism of its security measures
The airport came under fire from netizens
after it was revealed two women
were allowed to enter a restricted area
so they could meet South Korean actor Lee Jong-suk
as he was picking up his luggage
one of the baggage carousels.
confirmed the two women were escorted by a customs officer.
occurred around 9.15pm
A similar incident
A similar incident
occurred in May
involved a man entering a restricted area
to welcome another passenger.
He used a now-defunct airport security pass
to enter the area
posted the incident on Facebook Live.
Following subsequent criticism
of security standards at the airport
escorted journalists through the same areas the women went.
the customs officer who escorted the women was in possession of two "Number Six" cards, which are airport passes normally used by government officials and other airport staff passing between public and restricted areas.
Suvarnabhumi is waiting funding to install fingerprint scanners and display screens which will show employees' faces each time they pass through airport security checkpoints.
the equipment was due to be installed by 2020. But this could happen sooner in light of the recent events, he added.
the man had acquired the card from one staff member.
According to AoT
the customs officers involved in the security breach could be fired, while the two women could be fined up to 100,000 baht and jailed for a maximum of five years for trespassing.
the 30-year-old, who asked not to be named
"Some fans go to extremes and may go so far as to travel on the same plane as their idol, and follow them when they get off the plane"
"It's wrong with regard to both fans and the artist if people break the law to try and meet them."