Photo in Phuket could see you face the death penalty

Photo in Phuket could see you face the death penalty

 

It’s a bucket list item for many tourists who travel to Thailand.

But if you’re wanting to take a selfie with an aircraft landing in Phuket, you might lose your life over it.

Phuket International Airport is cracking down on visitors who flock to Mai Khao Beach near the international airport, and take a photo with an aircraft landing overhead.

Located on the island’s northwestern coast, Mai Khao beach has been a popular destination for tourists who wants to swim, sunbake and watch planes fly extremely low before landing on the airport’s runway.

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

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

But officials have decided that taking selfies can distract pilots trying to land, and have threatened the death penalty against those who don’t stop immediately.

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.

“People and tourists will not be allowed to enter this area to take photos,” deputy Phuket airport chief Wichit Kaeothaithiam said on Thursday, according to the outlet.

A photo like this could now land you in jail.

A photo like this could now land you in jail.Source:Supplied

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,” Mr Kaeothaithiam said.

“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 coexist.”

Some locals however, believe the safety zone will impact tourism in the area.

Snapping a picture with the aircraft has become a bucket list item for many

Snapping a picture with the aircraft has become a bucket list item for manySource:Instagram

“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.

“I want (Airports of Thailand, which operates Phuket International Airport) to look at us and support locals in making (a) living here, too.”

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