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| Have you ever been to the Philippines before? If yes, then you most likely have been flying in or out from the infamous NAIA 2 terminal in Manila. Why infamous? Well, this airport really has something of a bad reputation, built up over many years, which amazingly enough happens to be used by the national carrier, PAL – Philippine Airlines, as well. It all starts as soon as one arrives in the airport area and the driver tries to navigate through a total chaotic traffic situation basically in front of the doors to the departure hall. This is where there are more family members and friends than actual travelers, clustered together right by the entrance where one will show the passport and ticket, in order to pass first check point. One already has a sneaking feeling this is going to be an interesting experience. After almost elbowing myself, with a sorry this and sorry that, I pass the first security check point to line up at the first baggage x-ray point. It is understandable these days, with all the security issues everywhere, except there are normally only 2 machines operating for 1000s of travelers and their luggage at NAIA 2. Then, after the first x-ray checks, more chaos awaits you with all the people moving in all directions, looking for their check in gates. The check in area is so narrow it is quite amazing to think that up and running intelligent people actually thought this out. People bump into each other all the time, looking for their gates. Some give up and line up by the information desk. They are actually helpful. And you are directed to the correct check in counters. This is because of poor information on the sometimes not always up and running boards. Check in goes fairly quick, which is probably the most positive about this nightmare of a terminal. After all, we should also give credit where it is deserved. Off we go to passport checks, and another absolutely crazy solution. They seem to change the configuration (layout) of the passport control points every so often. I have been 21 times to Manila, but 10 months since last time, but it must be the 6th or 7th new layout in 11 years. It takes only 35 people in total before the lines start to form in to one single line, which starts to stretch along the airport itself. Absolutely ridiculous, and one can not see which type of line one belongs to before one is well inside the area. Was watching a senior citizen who lined up at the senior citizen line, and kept waiting and waiting. Nobody helping. Finally, after some time she asked one of the immigrations officers who just hang around the ones working, and she was scolded and told to line up in the other lines. After this ordeal, we are into another even worse one. Namely the terror of the last security check of hand luggage, shoes, electronics, except the "American Freedom Check". Again, only 2 machines for 1000s of people. With, wait for it, only 10-11 boxes available for items like laptops, etc. It feels like this is some kind of joke, but I realize it is just plain simple stupidity. Stupidity by the morons who created it, and by the cowards who are too afraid to tell their bosses how idiotic this system is. You finally get yourself a box, which is kicked over the floor (Indeed it is) and put all your stuff in one simple box. Laptop, pads, mobiles, chargers, Camera, belt, watch, and your shoes as well, all in the same box.