Tourists play self-portraits on the beach around the airport. Thai authorities: Death penalty

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Tourists play self-portraits on the beach around the airport. Thai authorities: Death penalty

2019-04-07 08:03:02 200 ℃
Tourists'self-portraits at the beach during takeoff angered the Thai Airport officials, who warned that the maximum penalty for distracting pilots was the death penalty. It is reported that the beach near the busy airport on Phuket Island in southern Thailand has become a popular tourist attraction for vacationers. Many beach tourists take self-portraits of themselves in the background of airplanes and post them on social media websites such as Instagram. But airport executives were so angry that they vowed to close the beach for fear of causing an accident. The executives did not explain how dangerous it might be for airplane photography, but it was believed that it might distract pilots like UAVs and laser pens. Officials told local media that the highest penalty for distracting pilots with these devices was the death penalty. Under the same law, holidaymakers who violate the planned restricted areas and prohibit taking photos can also be sentenced to death. The head of Phuket International Airport, Victor, said: "We hope that tourism revenue and aviation safety can coexist." Despite these warnings, this week's video taken at this popular spot shows men and women in bikinis still self-portraying themselves as the plane takes off. Officials say the area used by tourists to take photos will be blocked. The airport is setting up a "safety zone" below the route to prevent tourists from taking photos too close to the plane, said Kiosaiam, deputy general manager of the airport. Airport officials also warned tourists not to drive UAVs and use laser pens in the area. A report found that laser pens can interfere with pilots. According to the country's Aviation Navigation Act, anyone who intentionally interferes with pilots will be punished. Wicht told the Bangkok Post that the maximum penalty is death penalty; the lighter penalties include a fine of up to 40,000 baht (about 8,429 yuan) or up to 20 years'imprisonment.