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

Tourists Snapping Runway Selfies at Phuket Airport Risk Death Penalty

The new law, which is set to take effect soon, has been criticised by locals who depend on tourism for their livelihood: "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.

Phuket International Airport is cracking down on tourist activity at Mai Khao Beach, dubbed "Unseen Phuket" in recent years.

Mr Wichit said local authorities were concerned that the popular plane selfies are unsafe, and said local authorities must apply safety rules as required by the International Civil Aviation Organisation.

Despite being popular with those wanting to capture an up-close photo with an incoming plane, the "selfie runway" had become a distraction for pilots, he said.

Visitors flock to the beach to not only soak in the sun but also take pictures of themselves as low-flying planes fly above as they prepare to land.

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

Under the Air Navigation Act, those who are found in violation of these rules will be liable for maximum punishment set by the country.

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

Over the years, countless tourists have captured one-of-a-kind happy snaps of planes flying across Mai Khao beach onto the island's runway.

The penalties for breaching the zone can be anywhere from a small fine to the "maximum penalty of death" according to Kaeothaithiam.

"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. "People will be able to take photos from the beach further away from the runway".

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