The online community went abuzz after reading news about receiving death penalty once they take a selfie at the Mai Khao beach located in Thailand. Local travelers and foreign tourists staying at a hotel in Phuket were shocked with the announcement. The said beach seems to be garnering a lot of attention from visitors because it is very close to the airport thus they can take impressive photographs as the plane can be seen closely as it lands to the nearby runway.
Many of those who wanted to get the best shots will camp out on the beach that is located near the Runway 09. When planes take off or land directly to this particular runway, it is easier to take a close-up image. The authorities are not happy though because this activity is deemed to be very dangerous especially when photographers do not follow the specific safety rules set. It will not only impact the ones at the beach but also everyone on the plane as they could be seen as a disturbance.
WichitKaeothatithiam, the deputy chief of the airport at Phuket, decided to take the matters on their own hands by declaring the zone as a prohibited area. Members of the public will no longer be allowed to enter soon. According to him, locals and tourists will not be given access to the area just for them to take photographs.
There was a clarification though as a new zone will be created which is at a safe distance from the runway but still part of the Mai Khao beach. This will be considered a safe zone where tourists can have the most coveted selfies and photographs along with the plane that is either landing or taking off.
The same article indicated that it is not allowed to fly drones in the area within the 9 km danger zone and lasers are also prohibited to be aimed at the airplane. These items are in violation of the Air Navigation Act of Thailand. Anyone who is caught can be sentenced to death.
This clarifies things as tourists booking at a hotel in Phuket (ホテルパトン)are planning to visit therefore they now have an idea that the death penalty does not apply to visitors taking selfies but those using drones and lasers.