The amount of nervousness that had come over me en route to the airport was insane. When I checked my feelings to see what I was worried about, it’s always about passport control.
When I landed at Hong Kong International Airport, I was walking before being accosted by an immigration officer, asking me where I was going and other “interrogation” type questions before letting me walk off. I giggled saying, “boy, how did the image of blacks become this bad?” When I was clearing immigration, an officer tried persuading me to say “are you with this guy with the fake passport?” I continued to laugh and say, “wtf, no. american passport holder here.”
Shortly after getting my luggage, another two officers approached me, asked me where I was from, and put ONLY MY LUGGAGE AND NONE OF THE OTHER HUNDREDS through the x-ray.
Just disgusting. Now you can see that “traveling in Asia while black” is UNBELIEVABLY DIFFICULT and not even worth it (last time ever stepping on any kind of Chinese soil).
So, this is probably what piled on top of my nervousness. From checking into the counter (horrible experience with yet again — Air Asia a few months back), security (never a problem in Thailand…amazingly), and then passport control (a lady at Don Meung looked through all of my pages the last time I was at Don Meung International).
So, to stop this from happening, if you’re a color of any kind, NEVER TRAVEL TO DON MEUNG INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT! Avoid at all costs.
Well the main airport (Suvanabhumi — and I butchered the spelling) has never given me problems. Coming back is a different story, because they sometimes ask legitimate questions, but that’s about it.
So, with all that nervousness and a 3-tier process, I cleared immigration perfectly with no problem. BOOM!
Scoot – Delays & Horrible Turbulence
I’m writing this on the airplane, and my goodness, this is why I take big planes.
Sure, the airplane geeks will come out and say “it doesn’t matter.” Yes, it does. Cathay Pacific had an ultra-gorgeous airbus. We took off in bad weather and it was still smooth sailing. Smaller planes bear the brut of hell. Honolulu-Maui, Kuala Lumpur-Bangkok, Bangkok-Phuket…..all were tiny and pathetic. LOL (had to laugh).
Anywho, Scoot had the most preposterous delays (I’ll speak about it in the podcast). Nothing else to say there. This will be my last time with Scoot though.
Wonderful airport, amazing transport system, easy check-in, and just wonderful all around. YouTube and podcast down below!