Thai officials are urging holiday-makers to think twice before taking a selfie at a iconic Phuket beach.
Visitors who flock to Mai Khao Beach near Phuket International Airport could face seriously strict penalties for taking photos in what has become a huge online craze, as planes landing on the airstrip nearby pass low overhead.
According to a report in the Bangkok Post, the beach has become known as the “unseen Phuket” in recent years, however authorities are concerned about potential safety risks the tourists pose to the pilots and aircrafts when standing to pose under the passing planes.
They are reportedly developing a new safety zone that will be put in place near the international airport, to prevent tourists from taking pictures.
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“People and tourists will not be allowed to enter this area to take photos,” Wichit Kaeothaithiam, deputy Phuket airport chief, told the Bangkok Post.
Those who violate these rules, which are established under the Air Navigation Act, could face the country’s maximum penalty.
“The maximum penalty is the death sentence,” Kaeothaithiam added.
He also warned people living within a 9 kilometre radius of the international airport against flying drones and shining flashlights at planes.