Thursday, 25 April, 2019

Death Penalty for People Taking Selfies With The Plane Above

Tourists who take photos at this Thai beach could face death penalty Tourists Snapping Runway Selfies at Phuket Airport Risk Death Penalty
Priscilla Morrison | 10 April, 2019, 14:14

The beach has served as a unique backdrop for tourist selfies all because of its low-flying planes, which can be spotted frequently in the area.

However, Phuket International Airport's runway begins just 60 meters from the sand of Mai Khao Beach, and it has become a very popular spot for plane spotters and those wanting a close-up photo with a landing aircraft.

A photo like this one, taken by Schapelle Corby, could result in the death penalty.

But airport chiefs warned last week that tourists were in danger of causing crashes and announced plant to shut off a section of the beach to stop pilots becoming distracted.

Local officials have now said that the beach has become a distraction for pilots and are working for an exclusion area on the beach.

"The maximum penalty is the death sentence", he said.

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He continued: "The airport wants to boost tourism revenues, but at the same time, it must make sure there will not be any problem with aviation regulations ... Tourism and safety must co-exist".

"This will impact local tourism in our area".

But local authorities have had enough, and in a bid to crack down on the growing numbers, a safety zone on the beach near the airport's runway is being developed, the Bangkok Post reported.

"If the beach is closed, we will have serious problems because many tourists simply will not come", Winai Sae-io, head of a local entrepreneurial stimulus program, told The Phuket News.

According to the Phuket International Airport website, the airport has a capacity of handling 24 flight operations per hour, and operates 24 hours a day.

For those that violate the new rule the punishment could lead to more than $1,000 in fines and up to 20 years in prison, per The Sun UK.

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