I’ll preface this by saying that these demands will not be met, but a Thai Member of Parliament and former Finance Minister is demanding an end to some of the silliness of airport security.
Airport security in Thailand will follow the rest of the world silliness, because tourism in Thailand is suffering as it is and security theatre is a necessary precondition for world acceptance.
But Mr. Pichet is undeterred.
The move to lift the requirement for passengers to put their jackets and belts through X-ray machines before they walk through metal detectors is being spearheaded by Pichet Panwichartkul, a Democrat MP.
But why must the procedure be in place?
Aviation operators have pointed out that the screening procedures Mr Pichet wants to axe are enforced by most airports around the world and are in direct compliance with those enforced by the United States Transport Security Administration (TSA) as a counter-terrorism precaution.
Since Mr. Pichet is, of course, a member of the Democrats in the Thai parliament, perhaps Mr. Obama would consider him to reform the TSA…