Airport security

Screaming for attention

Screaming for attention

About six weeks ago, I rejoiced that a leading international travel magazine had rated our only international airport the world’s second best airport to fly into. The landscape, approach, fresh air, architecture, service, all would have contributed to the distinction of Paro International Airport.

There is one eyesore though. And, that’s the security fencing around the airport. Razor wire coils fixed on barbed wire fence, several meters high, surround the entire airport. The fence looks ugly. It disfigures the airport’s otherwise peaceful setting. And, it is reminiscent of concentration camps.

But the offensive fence may be necessary, for security purposes.

So today, when I saw that a part of the fence that was damaged during the May 26th floods had still not been repaired, I was simply astonished. If the fence serves an important security purpose, it should be well maintained, and the damaged part, measuring about 50 meters, repaired immediately.

It’s been almost seven months since flash floods breached the security fence. Repair it – now! – before a serious security breach.


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  1. The landscape, yes!
    The approach, yes!!
    Fresh air, yes!!!
    Architecture, yes!!!!

    But, the service?
    Absolutely not!

    And, about that ugly fence…

    Think security, yes!
    Fix the hole, yes!!
    But, but but … Paro only?

    Think Delhi, Kathmandu, and Bangkok.
    We ought to be far more concerned about the lax security on passengers, luggage and cargo at these airports abroad.

    After all, these aircrafts are our economy’s lifeline.

  2. I agree Zekom on many of her opinions above. Yes, we have a beautiful airport with a nasty customer service.

    I went to buy a ticket at the Druk Air ticket office below the Paro Dzong (I don’t remember the name of that corner) and I was surprised to find children running in and out of the “international ticketing office” as if that was a private home.

    I was flying out on the day Paro was hit by the flood and there was a lot of havoc in the airport. There was no proper PR systems to make proper announcements even though they had that facility in the airport. A fat woman came in holding her kira awkardly on the sides like a cowgirl does in our villages to avoid getting her kira wet, shouted on the top of her voice like herding some cows and spoke like she just came out of her village. Foreigners were laughing at her peculiar behaviour but I felt ashamed of myself. I expected more than that in our “international airport”.

    The airport has heating systems but had never been used. If your flight is delayed, then you had it. You will have to wait for hours shivering in that cold building.

    We do have a beautiful airport with international standards facilities. We just need to improve the customer care services and public relations. That’s terribly bad on board and on ground in Druk Air.

    • By the way most of what Tangba mentioned should have been directed to CIVIL AVAITION and not necessarily Druk Air.

      I do agree with all the lapses and civil avaition should look into this ASAP.

      • Come on Romeo, what does Civil Aviation( CA) have to do with airport management? What do CA have to do with using the heating systems in the airport? Using the public annoucing facility that is installed in the aiport at a huge cost? About the bad public relations in the airport? About the airport customer services? About the board and ground staff etiquette and manners? I thought the airlines managed all these things. Am I confused or you are confusing me? Please share your thoughts.

  3. Linda wangmo says

    Security security…….. Lucky our OL and other big shots do not have to spend a night in our hospital… The ward reminds me of a prison in one of the movies.. The G4s armies. They dont even let me share a simple meal with my ailing mom….

  4. The scenic beauty – be it for the airport or be it in other areas of attractions – our planners do a horrible job in maintaining this scenic attraction. All the natural beauties around our country are screened with very ugly electric poles and exlectric lines. Just drive up to Dochula or Chelila on a clear brgiht day. There is much to appreciate the beauty of our mountains beyond the blue sky but ALAS ! the electric poles and line that scar the landscape. Why can’t our planners in BPC or the department or energy or any concerned ministry like tourism look into these aspects. I would think it is not too late to revert this situation if Dasho Bharat or Dasho Tsewang loooks in to this to shift the electric poles to places where it will not shield the scenery. It will ofcourse come at a cost BUT it will be a big investment for the future in terms of tourism. Tourism Council can fund the shifting of these poles.


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