Directors of a newly commissioned airport in Thailand are finding themselves plagued with an interesting problem: there are people everywhere. But this is not to say the problem is too many travelers; the problem is that there are too many people who are not traveling anywhere.
In addition to the number of travelers passing through Suvarnabhumi Airport each day--roughly 100,000--there are more than 100,000 people visiting the ultra-modern airport each day--with no intention whatsoever of getting on a plane. They are there to take pictures, explore the buildings, and eat their sack lunches.
"So many people are coming for sightseeing, and we're pleading with them to stop," said the president of Airports of Thailand. "They're eating here and there, parking their cars in a mess." In the beginning, airport directors were happy to see people familiarizing themselves with the place, learning their way around, and generally taking pride in the new airport. But as one official notes, "It's no longer familiarization--it has become a picnic."
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