BRITAIN'S Foreign Office is reported to be reviewing its travel advice for Thailand amid fresh media coverage of a Bangkok airport scam and the ''harrowing ordeal'' of an Irish traveller.In another blow to tourism in Thailand, the Irish newspaper the Kilkenny People relates the experience of Dr Angela Norris and adds that it ''should serve as a warning to people travelling there.''Ireland's Department of Foreign Affairs and its British counterpart are reviewing their travel advice for their countries' citizens in Thailand.Dr Norris, 41, who went to Thailand to address a conference, told Irish media she was surrounded by security guards as she left the duty free section at Suvarnabhumi Airport.
''They were shouting at me: 'You! You! You go jail six months,'' Ms Norris told the Irish Mail on Sunday.
She was accused of the theft of an eyeliner, taken to the airport police station then to Rajatewa police station near the airport, where she was detained overnight ''in filthy conditions.'' Released on bail, her passport was retained by Thai authorities - and when she went to Immigration police to retrieve it, she was arrested again, the newspaper reports.
''What is happening here is outrageous and needs to be exposed. It's a national scandal,'' said her husband, Ronan Loftus, who was forced to fly to Thailand to help his wife escape the ordeal.The family did not disclose the amount of money that had to be paid, but a pair of British tourists revealed recently that they were forced to pay 9400 pounds for their own release after being held by an airport gang in Bangkok. That couple, Stephen Ingram and Xi Lin, were also falsely accused of shoplifting in the airport. The newspaper reports that the British Embassy subsequently issued a warning to people travelling to Bangkok: ''You should be careful to observe demarcation lines between shops and stalls, particularly in market areas and at Suvarnabhumi Airport. ''Taking items from one shop's area to another is likely to be treated by shop staff as suspected theft. You may be arrested by the police and asked to pay a substantial fine and/or face imprisonment.'' But also remember duty free shops pay exhorbitant rents and they may look at foreign tourists as easy prey to pay this. King Power the leasors are doing nothing it appears.
Many tourists from Europe bound for Phuket come and go via Bangkok.
British Couple Accuse Airport Gang of Extortion Latest
British tourists have told of being held for five days and forced to pay 8000 pounds in an extortion racket at Bangkok airport. The British Embassy is being crticised for lack of action.
Transport Minister Sohpon Zarun has ordered Airports of Thailand to step up measures at Suvarnabhumi and other airports to prevent extortion scams, the bangkok Post reports. He said all embassies will be informed that if their citizens encounter this problem, they should file a complaint with the Transport Ministry. One British couple's claim will also be investigated and legal action will be taken against those found to have been involved in the scam, he said.
As at September 2009 the baggage handlers will have uniforms with no pockets and the authorities have more cameras but it is hard tovet ones bags on the caraousel if youre late theu the immigration process. But we understand they are getting better in view of the bad publicity.
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