Arrival Card-less in Malaysia and Earphone-less in Singapore Airlines
April 15, 2008
2 things i discovered or experienced from my last trip going to Malaysia;
Usually before the plane takes off, i normally take out my earphones and pug it to the audio system behind the arm rest of my seat. The flight crew will remind the passenger that the in flight entertainment will start after the take off, they’ll start distributing the earphones. since i have my personal earphone i don’t bother an enjoy the personal entertainment before everybody else… except this time i got remnded by the stewardess that i need to take it off until we’re 30,000kms up in the sky : ( This does not happened once but through the entire leg of my trip Manila-Singapore-Malaysi-Singapore-Manila. And not suprisingly even during landings. I haven’t got the chance to ask why, just yet but ever since i bought my earphones i’ve been doing that practice to calm myself…
I can understand they are restricting the use of electronic device on these phases of the trip. But earphones are passive devices (aside from the noise reduction headset)!
Upon arrival to Malaysia’s immigation queue i thought i forgot something from the plane, in which case the stewardess hand out immigration arrival card. I don’t need a visa as a South East Asian, but we fill out this card all over ASEAN to declare our stay in the country. I usually hurry up an queue at the beginning of the line to avoid long wait but this time since i thought i forgot something i tried looking for the arrival card. I’m not seeing anybody writing anything from the empty podiums and so i asked an immigration officer. And true enough, Malaysia’s immigration process is cardless or shall i say paperless. I thought this is long overdue, since the card does not give any value except, to provide the business of producing these.
Cool! Paperless, means efficient, faster and most of all the TREES! Now i wonder if Singapore is doing the same? On my way back a happen to meet a colleaugue who came from Singapore and to my suprise they are still using the arrival card. although the last time i visited there early this year i noticed the biometric pass for Singaporeans. But for the rest . . . Malaysia beat them to it : )
As i frequent NAIA, i observed that the volume of visitors and returnees to the Philippines are getting higher everytime. With the limited space we have, following this trend can help a lot in providing good services to our kababayans. Besides, the immigration officers just take it for granted, by simply signing it!
I’m going to Bangkok next week, let’s check out what’s new.
It’s confirmed, Malaysia’s the first to implement paperless transaction in customs management! Been to Bangkok and Singapore recently — and have to fill up the same forms