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"I felt scared"
- Published: 13 Jan 2012 at 09.35
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Sirichai Maichum, the young security officer at Suvarnabhumi airport, describes the assault yesterday that left him with a ruptured eardrum.
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Sirichai Maichum, 32, a security officer at Suvarnabhumi airport, left, points to his left ear that was injured after he was assaulted on Wednesday. SOMCHAI POOMLARD
Guard distraught after assault
The security officer who was attacked by a customs officer at Suvarnabhumi airport has become a famous man overnight, but he wishes the incident had never happened.
Sirichai Maichum, 32, who suffered an ear injury in the assault, said the attack shocked him and made him wonder whether he can carry on working at the airport.
He said he did not know the man who attacked him, and was surprised to have been treated in such a hostile manner.
The customs officer accused of assaulting Mr Sirichai, identified as chief of passenger inspection at Suvarnabhumi airport Sombat Chartchaiwaiyawit, has been transferred from his post pending an investigation.
Mr Sirichai said his team was told that a VIP group from the Customs Department would pass through security that day. The incident occurred at 1pm on Sunday.
Mr Sirichai said there are two channels for security checks – one for ordinary passengers and the other one for cabin crew and staff with authorisation.
Mr Sombat came through the ordinary passenger channel with his VIP group but he refused to submit to a body pat-down, Mr Sirichai said.
"He shouted very loudly: "You have no right to check me' and showed me his customs officer's card," Mr Sirichai said.
"I felt scared. I said I was sorry and moved backwards but he walked towards me and thumped my ears until a woman in the VIP group told him to stop."
Mr Sirichai has lodged a complaint with police.
Lat Krabang hospital doctors checked Mr Sirichai's condition and said his left eardrum was ruptured. He also has earache and experiences ringing in his right ear.
Mr Sirichai said he did not know who uploaded the footage to YouTube.
"I feel staggered by what happened," Mr Sirichai said.
"I am as polite as possible to passengers. During my five years working here, I have come across other VIPs who refuse to have a body scan. I have never tried to stop them going through.
"I feel uncomfortable this has turned into such a big incident. I don't know what to do, and am not sure whether I can continue to work at the airport," he said.
Adapted from a story in today's Bangkok Post by Thanida Tansubhapol.
security – protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย
injured – hurt in an accident or attack ซึ่งได้รับบาดเจ็บ
assaulted – attacked by someone violently ถูกทำร้ายร่างกาย
distraught – extremely upset, worried or confused จิตว้าวุ่น, ว้าวุ่นใจ, สับสน
customs (department) – a government department which checks and collects taxes on goods leaving or entering the country กรมศุลกากร
overnight – suddenly or quickly, e.g., in one night ในเวลาอันสั้น, ข้ามคืน,อย่างรวดเร็ว
incident – something that happens, usually something bad เหตุการณ์
suffer – to experience something very unpleasant or painful ประสบ
shock – to surprise, or frighten someone ทำให้ตกใจ, ทำให้สั่นสะเทือน
wonder – to think about something because you want to know more facts or details about it สงสัย
hostile – behaving in a very unfriendly or threatening way towards someone ไม่เป็นมิตร, เป็นปรปักษ์, มีเจตนาร้าย
manner – way ลักษณะท่าทาง, กิริยาท่าทาง, วิธีการ
accused – to be said to have done something wrong or committed a crime ถูกกล่าวหา
identify – to specify who someone is ระบุชื่อ
inspection – the act of looking closely at something or someone and to check that everything is as it should be; examination การตรวจสอบอย่างละเอียด
transfer – to change someone’s job or responsibilities โยกย้ายตำแหน่ง
pending – waiting to be dealt with, settled or completed ยังค้างอยู่, ซึ่งยังไม่จบสิ้น, อยู่ในระหว่าง
investigation – the process of trying to find out all the details or facts about something การสอบสวน
channel – a route or way in/out of an airport or port where travellers' bags are examined ช่อง
ordinary – not unusual or different in any way ธรรมดา, ปกติ
crew – the people who work on a ship, aircraft, etc. ลูกเรือ
authorisation – official permission or power to do something การอนุญาตหรืออำนาจที่ได้มอบหมาย
refuse – to say you will not do something that someone has asked you to do ปฏิเสธ
submit – to accept or follow what someone has told you to do ยอม
pat-down – a security check where a security official uses his/her hands to check for metallic objects
right – a moral or legal claim to have or get something or to behave in a particular สิทธิ
scared – frightened, or worried ตระหนก, ตกใจ, หวาด, ผวา
thump – to hit somebody/something hard, oftening resulting in a loud noise ทุบหรือตีให้เกิดเสียงดัง
lodge a complaint – to make a formal statement to someone in authority that someone has done something wrong ยื่นคำร้อง
condition – the physical state of a person or animal, especially how healthy they are อาการ, สุขภาพ
eardrum – the piece of thin tightly stretched skin inside the ear which is moved by sound waves, making you able to hear เยื่อแก้วหู, แก้วหู
ruptured – broken or burst apart แตก, ฉีกขาด, แตกออก
ringing – making a sound similar to what a bell or alarm makes เสียงกระดิ่ง,เสียงกริ่ง
upload – to send documents or programs from your computer to a larger system using the Internet ใส่ข้อมูลจากคอมพิวเตอร์ส่วนบุคคลไปยังเครื่องส่วนกลาง
footage – film or video of a particular subject or event ฟิลม์หรือคลิปภาพยนตร์ หรือวิดีโอ
staggered – very surprised and shocked at something you are told or at something that happens ผวา, ตกใจ