I was reading a weekly newspaper column (Traveller Letters) recently and someone wrote in with some interesting news. They had passed through Bangkok Suvarnabhumi airport and were pleasantly surprised to find people over 70 were entitled to Fast Track.

Fast Track is usually available for business class passengers and some airports also monetise it, charging a fee. It’s hands down the fastest way to get through the airport formalities. I’ve never come across an example where it has been given away to senior citizens. Is it actually true?

People Over 70 Are In!

Having trawled around the Internet on your behalf, it seems it is in fact true. Senior citizens aged 70 and above are permitted to use the Fast Track facility in Bangkok. For starters, it appears on the ANA website right here in the Departure Terminal section.

In addition to people over 70, expectant mothers, people with infants and those with a disability are also able to go through. This is really very good, as these are the people who are probably the most stressed at travelling.

I would love to see this in operation, because usually the people travelling with children are some of the slowest at airport security. It’s as though they have put all the people who cause delays together with the business class passengers, who are usually the fastest.

I’m curious as to what the business class passengers make of it, not that Bangkok is a particularly business heavy destination. Presumably it works, as there would be complaints about it otherwise.

Overall Thoughts

I think it’s a great idea to have people over 70 given access to Fast Track no matter what class they’re travelling. My parents now fit into this age bracket and waiting in airport queues does tire them out these days. Allowing them to proceed quickly through so they can sit down and relax before flight is excellent.

What do you think of this idea? Do you know of any other airports that offer Fast Track to particular groups of people? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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