A rough landing

The media treatment of the Don Mueang immigration mess made it seem like a new and unexpected event. As in Casablanca, officials were shocked -- shocked -- to find gambolling in the arrivals hall.

Even infrequent flyers know better. No lines, no control, hours to get to passport control is normal at both Bangkok airports.

This is not remarkable. New malls open without traffic controls. New skytrain lines open without connections. Every government, including super-efficient Section 44-enhanced top-down governments of green shirts, calls for more and more and more foreigners to come on down without bigger airport arrival halls. Airports are built and opened without so much as a railroad link to get there.

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