Tourists who take photos at this Thai beach could face death penalty

Lloyd Doyle
April 10, 2019

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.

Mai Khao beach is close to Phuket International Airport "and a lot of tourists like to selfie during the plane landing and take off on the beachside". Here, planes are frequent and can be seen flying very low over the beach while en route to the runway. Actually there is no risk if anyone takes selfie but a report revealed the tourist use drones and laser pens on the beach which may distract pilot.

In addition, those who violate these rules, which are established under the Air Navigation Act, could face the country's maximum punishment.

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

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

"People and tourists will not be allowed to enter this area to take photos", Phuket airport deputy chief Wichit Kaeothaithiam told the Bangkok Post.


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.

Less severe penalties may include 20 years in jail or hefty fines.

The global airport on the Thai island of Phuket is right next to a narrow strip of sand, Mai Khao beach, that faces west towards the Andaman Sea.

Mr Kaeothaithiam said moving forward, the end of the beach near the runway will fall under a newly developed "off limits" safety zone, which will take effect soon.

"We want both the income from tourism and the aviation safety to co-exist", Wichit Kaewsaithiam, director of Phuket International Airport, is quoted as saying.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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