PM turns screws over airport queues

This scene broadcast around the world last Friday morning came from the Don Mueang International Airport's arrival hall, where it took more than four hours to get a passport stamped. (Instagram/Han Lian)

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed authorities to come up with a contingency plan to tackle inordinately long waiting times at Don Mueang International Airport, after a backlash on social media from miffed passengers.

Gen Prayut said such long waiting times happen only once in a while, yet he wants those responsible, in particular immigration police, the Transport Ministry and Airports of Thailand (AoT), to have a plan ready in times of unexpected traffic.

According to the prime minister, passengers arriving at the airport normally spend up "three to five minutes" to clear immigration.

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