Control by chaos
Chaos seldom appears by itself. It can be organized for different purposes. As shown in this blog, one purpose is destabilization.
Stockholm Arlanda airport
The blog author is Swedish but has spent about 95% of the last 20 years abroad, mostly traveling. After visiting home, flying out from Stockholm Atlanta airport is seldom smooth.
The check-in staff often do not know visa regulations. They consult the database Timatic, maintained by the airline industry. For many countries Timatic often states “Travellers without onward ticket may be refused entry.” It is correct that ANY traveller may be refused entry to any country for various reasons. But this vague statement is used to force travellers to buy tickets they do not need. The author has been asked to buy return tickets for countries where and when it is has not been needed, f.ex Thailand and Cambodia. The staff sometimes do not accept tickets they can not locate in their database and may also be unaware that onward and return tickets fill the same purpose for visa matters. They may try to create further chaos by not accepting basic facts stated by the passenger. – They may continue to believe that Burma is an island in Thailand even though the passenger politely explains the situation.
The general inquiry phone number to the airport can assist. But referring to it is not accepted at check-in. Depending on country you can naturally prepare with copies from embassies, Foreign Dept./Sweden Abroad, bank statements, phone numbers to airlines not in the computer database, travel guides, travel forums, old passports if you visited the country before etc.
If you are willing to take the discomfort you can try to stare them down, or you can buy the cheapest ticket out of the destination country, over the internet. Timatic does not specifically ask for an air ticket, but using a bus ticket might cause problems.
The only two countries where this author has been asked for proof of onward travel are the island countries of Indonesia and the Philippines.
I once emailed a complaint saying they had wrong information about visa regulations. After the 7 weeks long, mandatory response time I got a reply saying that they were sorry if I “felt that way”.
2. Scandinavian check-in, Stockholm
Since long time Scandinavian in Stockholm have machines where you should check in yourself. Instructions are not obvious. A repeated traveller within Europe may learn to do this. Multi leg trips can not be easily checked in there. No staff has ever managed to do that when I have asked for help.
You are virtually asked to do the work of check-in staff without proper training and using inferior equipment.
You are often first refused check-in over the counter – “You must try the machines first”. You must then find staff to help you, but they have not been able to check in multi leg flights outside Europe when I have asked. Last time they could check me all the way and my bag to the stop over.
With those, useless documents you are allowed to approach the check-in counter.
Last time I asked, politely, why we must use the machines that not even staff can operate for multi leg flights outside Europe.
– It makes it more difficult for you. But it makes it easier for us to find you in the system, the girl said.
I didn’t argue. But it doesn’t look easy. The clerk tore up the boarding card and baggage tag that the other staff had produced at the machines and I had attached as well as I could.
Then she slipped my passport in the computer to find me. (I wonder if my failed attempt to check-in really made it easier to find my data.)
Air travel was simpler about ten years ago when you just bought flights at a website (and later app), kept some kind of copy (e.g. electronic) with you for “safety” if you preferred (or a handwritten note with flight numbers etc), and had a normal check-in done by professional staff and no web-check in or machines that often do not work or even staff can not operate.
My question now is basically very simple. Air travel is high tech business. How can they demand that I make a print-out from my computer, carry it to the airport and show it to them so they can confirm that it fits with what they have got in their computer? They ought to have that information in their computer too.
In addition I must make the print-out the day before I leave, when I had other things planned.
(I am aware of the exception where the airline has started using electronic boarding cards (which probably only are an advantage if you travel shorter trips with no luggage) but still do not have modern machines at the gate so they can only read paper at the gate. But that is a small minority of the cases and they ought to get good machines. Definitely not applicable to a multi-leg intercontinental flight.)
From a travel forum:
I must say I believe both posters I discuss with work in the airline industry.
One is advising me to go against the instructions I get with the ticket. (I have been fined for not bringing paper.)
The other is advising me to buy through airlines (very little convenience when comparing prices, that is what the apps are for) or change airline (I believe I should be able to use any airline).
No one in the thread even admits the completely unnecessary action of printing out something that is in their computer.
Honestly I believe many forums are dominated by industry workers in different ways, trying to reflect relevant questions back onto the posters instead of accepting criticism which means there may come improvement.
In this forum I believe it became worse when BBC bought it. If you discuss differences in culture or local people’s attitudes towards foreigners, these comments will also be explained as some attitude of the traveler (!) (even though the same person compares different countries). Globalization is killing the foras.
The function of chaos
As described elsewhere destabilization and chaos are part of a geopolitical attack on Europe. In this case the chaos is also promoted by feminism since the majority of check-in staff are female and the lack of rules give them influence over people.
The staff with short education also get influence over travellers which sometimes have high positions in society, some passengers are not used to travel and are in an excited state. The situation can appeal to schadenfrohe among staff.
The female staff are suitable for the work. They never admit any faults in the system. They just argue.
Bank and other phone support lines show similar patterns.
In this case the chaos makes it possible for the multinational companies to shirk responsibility. Media supports this by not supporting consumers any longer.
Chaos can be part of globalization.
mess [härva, härvor]
Presenting information in a mess is often used, as has been described in this blog. Newspapers present information regarding alleged Russian doping and Trump staff Russian connections in a mess. They make statements that are supposed to be verified elsewhere or later. When you click links in these articles they do not take you to clarifying pages. The links may lead almost anywhere, e.g. back to the newspaper index which is not clarifying.
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A few earlier posts: (scroll down list)
2017 12 12 Earlier: IOK saknar bevis – Internationella Olympiska Kommittén stänger av Ryssland utan bevis
2017 12 15 Earlier: Destabilisering genom invandring
2017 12 18 Earlier: Destabilisering genom feminism och HBTQ
2017 12 25 Earlier: Geopolitisk krigföring – Media/USA attackerar Europa med flyktingar. The enemy within. Weapons of Mass Migration
2018 03 01 Earlier: Tesla, Ubuntu/Linux – self destructive moles & Google, Facebook – political control mechanisms
2018 03 10 Earlier: The terrorists’ objectives
2018 04 02 Earlier: UN obstructs murder investigation – UN supports an illegal regime. The true reason why Catalán and Sharp were killed.
2018 04 22 Earlier: The Iraq war 2003 was built on fake evidence. / So far, no accusations of chemical warfare have been proven true. / Also the war on IS was built on fake evidence.
2018 04 25 Earlier: Why only few air crash investigations are accurate. – Passengers lives are at an unnecessary risk.
2018 04 27 Earlier: The Cold War and other anti-Russian activities. The image of conflict; The useful enemy
2018 05 01 Earlier: Journalist wounded by IS ?
2018 05 10 Earlier: Who owns the news media
2018 05 22 Earlier: False flag awards
2018 05 30 Earlier: Fake news
2018 08 30 Earlier: Soros’ funds used to influence Swedish politics
2018 09 05 Earlier: Control of the Internet, Google, troll farms
2018 09 06 Earlier: Quotes
2018 09 07 Earlier: Feeding frenzy, the media monopoly disposes of politicians that do not follow the agenda
2018 09 08 Earlier: The media monopoly sells outdated technology to the Swedish gov’t @ SEK 10 bn.
2018 09 09 Earlier: All parties unite to refuse party SD posts as chairman according to election results.
2018 09 10 Earlier: News media gives birth to a political party – Ny Demokrati
Table of Contents (in English)
Massmedia och demokratin
News media and the democracy]