The message on the sign warned that personal effects valued more than 10,000 could not be brought into Thailand without notifying customs officials at the customs points. The signs were previously put up around the departure zone at the airport. The appearance of the signs on the arrivals zone reportedly drew concern from arriving tourists.
Customs Department director-general Somchai Satchaphong said the signs had been added to the arrivals zone for about 3 weeks. He said the signs were not his policy, and that he had already ordered them removed to prevent causing distress to the public. He believed the signs were only meant to provide information and did not signal an intense measure regarding travelers' baggage. The method of random inspection of baggage is still in use in the same manner as before.