Foreign tourists were stranded in a long line at the immigration checkpoint at Suvarnabhumi International Airport yesterday morning.
Morning News showed a video of a paranoia-inducing long line of travelers queuing at the immigration checkpoint to leave Thailand as only six out of eighteen counters were open for service around 8am on Sunday.
The influx of travelers caused the line to stretch from the immigration checkpoint all the way to the check-in area, according to government radio channel JS100.
Channel 3 reporter Dhiravath Suantan tweeted that at least 13 people missed their flights because of the massive delay.
The rest of the counters were opened by 11am. Dhiravath reported that the immigration officers promised to look into the problem but insisted that occasional delays are normal and that the staff were “doing their best.”
No official explanation has been made by the Airports of Thailand, including whether the people who missed flights would receive any aid or compensation.