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    Fury at Thai wife’s airport ordeal

    A Wigan-born teacher has expressed his anger at the treatment of his wife from Thailand by Manchester Airport staff and border employees.

    Graham Lowe, who is originally from Golborne but now lives in China, hit out at the airport over the way his wife Chidtawadee has been treating when entering the UK with her family.



    In the worst incident Mrs Lowe was made to wait in line for three and a half hours separated from Graham and the couple’s young daughter Elizabeth and he has also made complaints about employees being rude to her.

    He is now raising awareness of previous incidents as the family is due to return to the UK to visit relatives in June and he is keen to avoid a repeat of the incident, which he says left Elizabeth extremely distressed.

    Mr Lowe also contrasted his wife’s treatment at Manchester with the warm welcome the family has received around the world and is asking for a separate line at the border to be set up for UK citizens with non-EU spouses.

    Mr Lowe, 50, said: “It was just a very long and slow-moving queue and the attitude of the staff was total indifference. They wouldn’t even get my daughter a glass of water or a pie.

    “I couldn’t help noticing while I was waiting that some nationalities seem to get through a lot quicker than others, and people from Thailand always get stopped.

    “When my wife got to the front of the line she took about two minutes to get through, amazingly. I think it was basically because they could see me watching.

    “A simple solution to this would be for spouses of UK citizens, particularly those with children, to be seen in a separate line. They could then zip us through while still observing due process. That’s all I ask.

    “The number of times we have been delayed at Manchester is ridiculous. It’s an awful introduction to the country.

    “When my wife goes to visit her sister is Zurich she is welcomed and there is no problem. My family is infinitely welcome in Beijing and there are no problems at Bangkok, but at Manchester it feels like they are out to get you.”

    Mr Lowe says his family has experienced similar problems at the borders at Middle Eastern airports but was shocked to encounter issues as they entered the country of his birth off a flight from Amsterdam.

    Ahead of the Lowes’ return to the UK this summer he has complained to the UK Border Force and Manchester Airport about the three-and-a-half-hour queue, which happened last July.

    The airport said delays at passport control were the responsibility of the UK Border Force.

    A Home Office spokesman said: “We received a complaint from Mr Lowe on March 7 2016 regarding his wife’s arrival at Manchester Airport on July 4 2015. Border Force is considering his complaint and will respond to Mr Lowe in due course.”



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    What is it with Wigan and pies?

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    Quote Originally Posted by barrylad66 View Post
    What is it with Wigan and pies?








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    When my wife got to the front of the line she took about two minutes to get through, amazingly.
    That's faster than Thailand Elite.

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    I don't see what the complaint is, having to queue up with all the others?, I doubt very much the 3.5 hours. They were rude to her but it only took two minutes to get through? Well at least she's not the typical Issan scrubber most seem to end up with in the UK

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    “I couldn’t help noticing while I was waiting that some nationalities seem to get through a lot quicker than others, and people from Thailand always get stopped.
    Well, he can thank BKK Andrew and Poodles for that.

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    “I couldn’t help noticing while I was waiting that some nationalities seem to get through a lot quicker than others, and people from Thailand always get stopped.

    “When my wife got to the front of the line she took about two minutes to get through, amazingly. I think it was basically because they could see me watching.
    I think I'm really special and I don't like queuing.....

    She was through within two minutes, what is his complaint?????

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    Jesus,

    He should be locked up forcing those cancerous Pies onto his poor lad.

    A fooking disgrace it is.

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    I bet the moaning twat posts all about it on thailand-uk, the forum for sanctimonious pie eaters.

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    Join Our Forum.... We have Pies....

    I could go for that....got a link?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock
    I think I'm really special and I don't like queuing.....

    She was through within two minutes, what is his complaint?????
    Actually, he has a point. Why should mixed families queue separately, in we choose the Aussie passports queue, when we travel together.

    A spouse should be able to go through with family. He's not asking for no queue, he's asking for a different queue. (or they should be able to queue in the Brits queue, imo)

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    Why should anyone from the most superior nation on the planet have to queue at all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    A spouse should be able to go through with family
    When we travel as a family to NZ - myself and the kids on NZ passports and the wife on a Thai one - we just all go through the 'NZ citizens' queue. I suppose technically we aren't supposed to but nobody has ever batted an eye-lid over it.

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    We go to the UK, arriving at Manchester. Horrible airport, horrible staff. Immigration lines staffed by Pakistani women in full burkhas. You have to find two Pound coins to be able to get a luggage trolley, etc etc.

    It's our annual perspective-check. Very glad to come back here usually.

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    if his thai wife is entering the uk from china on a thai passport then some extra scrutiny of her documents to check visas etc. is to be expected, and it is good to see the immigration officials actually doing their job.

    people from thailand may get delayed more often than others because it is well known that obtaining forged documents in thailand is relatively easy, that thais often change their names, and that thai women like to seek employment abroad, often illegally through agencies.

    he is a smug looking fellow and i guess that after a long flight from china ( economy class) via qatar or abu dhabi he was pissed off at having to queue up for a couple of hours with all the chavs and their chav kids kids that seem to be manchester airports main customer base, especially in terminal 1 and 2


    and if he was wearing that shirt at immigration then he deserves to be made to wait for three hours !

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    terminal 3 is fine, 1 and 2 are indeed horrendous.

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    as a regular user of manchester airport
    it is indeed a shithole and slow
    anybody waiting 3 hours for whatever reason would be kicking off
    never had a problem with the staff; they are just on the wronmg side of efficent is all

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    When I re-enter the Philippines, my wife and kids (dual US/Phil cits) enter through the Philippine passport holders line as they enter on that passport.

    Even though I'm a permanent resident, since I'm entering on a US passport, I'm off to the longer, slower alien line.

    Such is life.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly
    or they should be able to queue in the Brits queue, imo
    They are and do as a family, my wife always did before she had her UK passport and I do here in Thailand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by barrylad66 View Post
    What is it with Wigan and pies?
    The Wigan pork pie is KING!!

    Only one mosque in Wigan, so ye can freely munch on a piggy pie without fear of being reported for islamophobia.

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    Oh God. Another whinger with an internet connection who feels offended.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ENT
    so ye can freely munch on a piggy pie without fear of being reported for islamophobia.
    Please list one example, anyway in UK where someone has been reported for eat a pork pie.

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    I'd report 'em, those things are fucking disgusting....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock
    those things are fucking disgusting....


    Stoopid foreigner, you've gone troppo or something.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Bobcock
    I think I'm really special and I don't like queuing.....

    She was through within two minutes, what is his complaint?????
    Actually, he has a point. Why should mixed families queue separately, in we choose the Aussie passports queue, when we travel together.

    A spouse should be able to go through with family. He's not asking for no queue, he's asking for a different queue. (or they should be able to queue in the Brits queue, imo)
    They often do go through with the Brit family members but it's usually up to the couple to take that action. In this case, it looks like they separated into the different queues. Next time they should both go to the Brit/EU queue together.
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