Ok, I’ve started to rant a bit over the last month, so i thought I’d give it an actual section on my blog! That way I don’t seem like a grumpy, perpetually p*ssed off backpacker (right?!). It’s called ‘Tuesday’s Travel Rant’ and I know it’s wednesday but i spent Tuesday (yesterday) with no internet, trying to prevent my mum getting beaten up by a wild street hooker in Pattaya in the middle of the afternoon (loooong story), so here it is one day late….
I know I know, I should be happy I have the opportunity to travel so much, yadda yadda yadda. Ok fair enough, but with all my travels comes a barrage of frustration! Next up on my list is immigration queues. I fly pretty often and this thing baffles me every bloody time.
So I fill in my arrival or departure card and head over to immigration. These international hubs (Frankfurt, LAX, Bangkok, Tokyo etc), they know how much daily traffic they get, they know exactly the number of people who will be passing through their doors every day so please, please, please tell me why then do I have to sometimes wait over an hour to get stamped in/out of the country, queuing in lines 100 people deep!?
Ok, Mr Aiport Manager – you seem to know that there are gonna be a lot of people coming through your immigration counters today. You certainly have built enough immigration desks, they stretch all the way to the end of the room. Well done. Yet never once (literally not once) have I seen all the counters staffed. You seem to prefer to use 50% of the counters as some sort of post-ironic joke, to tease me, saying “we could sort these queues out much faster, but we’re just choosing not to”. Well Mr Airport Manager you got me, you win but can we please put an end to the joke. Staff all the desks and cheer us all up, you’re killing me here. This is an official request – I’ll be flying again next month, I trust all the appropriate changes will be made. Thanks.