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Take Selfie at Phuket Airport Beach, Expect The Death Penalty

Take Selfie at Phuket Airport Beach, Expect The Death Penalty”

Thai islanders have warned aviation authorities they could ruin tourism in the region if they use the death penalty to punish people for taking selfies near a local airport.

Snapping a picture with the aircrafts has become a bucket list item for many, but airport officials suggest this type of photography can be extremely hazardous.

Mai Khao beach on Thailand's island of Phuket is the name of the place.

Authorities in Phuket, Thailand are working to curb the number of visitors that flock to the famed Mai Khao beach, a picturesque location that has become popular thanks to its close proximity to Phuket International Airport.

Meanwhile, Sukris Koyakradej, a member of Phuket Tourist Association's executive committee told South China Morning Post: "I took photos there two years ago, when it was not made popular by social media yet".

Airport officials have decided that taking selfies can distract pilots trying to land.

Schapelle Corby, who was released in 2017 after spending 12 years in jail in Bali for drug smuggling, just snapped a photo of herself and her boyfriend Ben Panangian there on Monday - and she is not alone.

"The maximum penalty is the death sentence".

'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.

"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.

According to the Bangkok Post, authorities are developing a new safety zone near the runway, meaning tourists will no longer have access to the area where they can take the selfie.



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