Thai automobile manufacturers are delighted by the first field trial of the incinerator bus. The bus is the brainchild of Thai auto designer Meenee Sycopatholai. Originally Meenee was just trying to cut production costs by saving on fire-retardant fabrics when he realized that by making coach seats and carpets out of ordinary plastics he could create the perfect incendiary device. Unlike a petrol tank explosion the incinerator bus does not create a fireball that can injure passers-by or stop traffic. The fire is neatly confined to the interior.
The manufacturers envisage a vibrant export market. A company spokesman said “many countries have a problem with illegal immigration. Authorities round up illegals then bus them home, but within a few weeks they are back across the border. The incinerator bus will solve this problem completely. We intend to call the American version “the Mexican” and we are looking forward to orders from the new US Administration.”
However, the main use of the incinerator bus will be for the transportation of political prisoners. In Thailand they can be a replacement for the aging fleet of “suffocation buses” which became famous in October 2004 when they were use to kill 80 Thai Muslims after arrest at a protest. Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra insisted there had been no wrongdoing, but if he had had incinerator buses these murders could have been written off as an automobile accident.
The real story from Coconuts Bangkok:
A bus heading to Suvarnabhumi (Bangkok) Airport burst into flames this morning (13 June 2016) on a highway to the airport as passengers fled the bus just in time.
Rattana Jenraksa, the bus driver, said he saw smoke coming out of the engine, so he pulled the vehicle to the roadside and told all 20 passengers to exit at about 7:30am today.
Right after the passengers were safe, the flames started and spreaded (sic) through the entire vehicle.
Firefighters took 20 minutes to put out the fire. The bus was completely destroyed.