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  1. Ken
    September 17, 2014

    “security check-in lane for men. That’s the impressively long queue right next to the equally impressive empty women’s only check-in queue to the right.”

    Ha ha classic. Great read, enjoyed.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      September 19, 2014

      Cheers, might wear a dress next time!

  2. Anna’s World
    September 17, 2014

    Your passport woes aside, I think every budding airport official needs to read this. Leaving a tourist supported country is just as important as arriving.

    Last impressions linger!

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      September 19, 2014

      I like that saying Anna. “Last impressions linger”

  3. Pam
    September 17, 2014

    Brilliant article and so accurate, I can really relate. I’m one of those people who like to be at the airport hours ahead of schedule if possible. The driver of the hotel shuttle in Kathmandu didn’t seem to share my concern that we were stuck in traffic. It’s certainly an experience getting out of Kathmandu :-)

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      September 19, 2014

      Thanks. I guest the drivers in Kathmandu would be equally happy to have a return fare in case of missed flight :)

  4. Sander
    September 17, 2014

    Bingo! You captured our experience leaving Nepal too. We couldn’t believe how annoying that airport was. Pointless checkpoints all the way. And the security scanners never worked so the queues were so long.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      September 19, 2014

      It’s all a bit silly alright.

  5. Smith
    September 17, 2014

    Great writing again. Had me laughing as I thought back on my own airport experiences over the years. Never had my passport taken though!

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      September 19, 2014

      Yea the passport thing was a bit much.

  6. Terry
    September 17, 2014

    I read every bit of this and could just picture it all again. Yes I’ve been through it too. Can someone from Nepals Tourism board please reread this and take action on the airports bad tarnish upon Nepal. It’s called a wooden facemask for 500 rps not a precious artifact. Those rare, protected artifacts are the ones you’ll find the Chinese shipping out with expensive couriers!

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      September 19, 2014

      I hear you loud and clear about the Chinese exportation of old artifacts (particularly wood carvings) from Nepal. All the government have to do is pay a visit to any known Chinese run hotel in KTM and they’ll see rooms filled with shipping boxes and old looking items.

  7. Ryan
    September 17, 2014

    Enjoyable read Dave. Great tips too. Being a landlocked country you’d think they’d make more of an effort

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      September 19, 2014

      Thanks Ryan, yea it’s a no-brainer. The fact they like to say “once is never enough” as their tourism slogan then have this experience as a send off is a little ridiculous.

      I have no doubt that if they did take action it would be something along the lines of “let build a new airport many miles away and make lots of money from it”

      Instead of “Let’s get the current one in order”.

  8. Catherine
    September 18, 2014

    That’s exactly how it is!

    Our dear friends came with us to the airport and couldn’t even wave us off! Very bad last impression on Nepal.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      September 19, 2014

      This is one of the worst aspects at the airport. No place for people to wave goodbye. It’s not a huge thing but there’s not notice saying people cannot get inside the airport without a ticket. If they did that at least there would be less heartache.

  9. Tom
    September 22, 2014

    I remember being shaken down at the check in counter for overweight luggage. Having been travelling for months, I really did know my true weight but the airline employee put his foot on the scale. He then said “Big problem, big problem, it’s ok, you pay me”.

    To that I said “pay you what?” looking into my open wallet. He then reached in and took a couple bills he liked, like he was plucking tissues from a box- yoink, yoink.

    How would you fight something like that, not much you can do? I’m sure I wouldn’t have been able to get on my flight if I complained.

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      September 22, 2014

      That really is bad. I remember a girl having issues at check in too. Her luggage was overweight, the problem was the money. They wanted rupee and she’s already cashed it all in. So had to pay in USD$. Caused a lot of problems.

      I think in your case they would have not allowed the bag on if it was overweight. If it wasn’t then maybe you’d stand some chance.

      I now carry a small bag weighing scale. It’s very light, but puts my mind at ease. Might help you out too!

  10. Uma
    September 28, 2014

    Sounds like quite the gongshow … glad to hear you got through it though!

    • Dave from The Longest Way Home
      September 28, 2014

      That’s a nice term for it “gong show”

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