Senior army officers to oversee passenger screening at Bangkok airports

The Thai military has appointed two senior officers to be in charge of the screening of arriving passengers at the Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang international airports, to avoid a repeat of the incident at Suvarnabhumi international airport yesterday evening, when a group of arriving Thai passengers refused to be quarantined and were allowed to go home.

General Paripat Palasin, deputy chief-of-staff of the armed forces, is to take charge of the screening and explaining all the requirements they have to follow.

Another deputy chief-of-staff, General Supote Malaniyom, is to be responsible for solving problems at the two airports, including dealing with passengers who refuse to comply with any of the required measures.

The new appointments followed a meeting today, called by Supreme Commander General Pornpipat Benyasri, who is in charge of security affairs.

It is reported that about 100 of the passengers, who were allowed to leave Suvarnabhumi airport last night, have now reported to the Emergency Operations Centre at Suvarnabhumi airport, with several others reporting to Damrongtham centres in their respective provinces.

Those who fail to report for quarantine at state facilities will face imprisonment and/or a heavy fine.

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