Tourists could be sentenced to DEATH for taking Instagram photos at a popular Thailand beach 

Tourists have been warned they could be sentenced to death for taking selfies at a popular Thai beach known for its close encounters with incoming planes. 

Phuket International Airport deputy chief Wichit Kaeothaithiam on Thursday told Bangkok Post taking photos at the nearby Mai Khao Beach will soon be illegal.  

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. 

Tourists have been warned they could be sentenced to death for taking selfies at a popular Thai beach known for its close encounters with incoming planes

Tourists have been warned they could be sentenced to death for taking selfies at a popular Thai beach known for its close encounters with incoming planes

Tourists have been warned they could be sentenced to death for taking selfies at a popular Thai beach known for its close encounters with incoming planes

The end of the beach near the runway will soon fall under a newly developed 'off limits' safety zone

The end of the beach near the runway will soon fall under a newly developed 'off limits' safety zone

The end of the beach near the runway will soon fall under a newly developed ‘off limits’ safety zone

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.  

‘People and tourists will not be allowed to enter this area to take photos,’ Mr Kaeothaithiam said. 

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. 

But under the tough new rules, Mr Kaeothaithiam said beachgoers who take photos on the beach risk being slapped with hefty fines or could be sentenced to death.

‘The maximum penalty is the death sentence,’ he said. 

According to the deputy chief, authorities will be required to enforce the new rules under the International Civil Aviation Organisation.  

Mr Kaeothaithiam believes tourists who take selfies on the beach are adding to the constant movement, which is increasingly becoming a serious concern

Mr Kaeothaithiam believes tourists who take selfies on the beach are adding to the constant movement, which is increasingly becoming a serious concern

Mr Kaeothaithiam believes tourists who take selfies on the beach are adding to the constant movement, which is increasingly becoming a serious concern

Mr Kaeothaithiam believes tourists who take selfies on the beach are adding to the constant movement, which is increasingly becoming a serious concern.

While he agreed boosting airport revenue is important, he stressed tourism and safety must co-exist. 

Locals and tourists have also been urged to avoid flying drones and shining flashlights at planes, which have equally become a distraction for incoming planes.  

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

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

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

Taking photos at Mai Khao Beach, which is about 60 metres away from Phuket International Airport, will soon be illegal (pictured)

Taking photos at Mai Khao Beach, which is about 60 metres away from Phuket International Airport, will soon be illegal (pictured)

Taking photos at Mai Khao Beach, which is about 60 metres away from Phuket International Airport, will soon be illegal (pictured)

The advice comes after it was revealed drones were becoming a major concern for airports around the world, 7News reported. 

Numerous drone sightings resulted in the cancellation of hundreds of flights at London’s Gatwick Airport in December 2018. 

Authorities are hopeful the new safety zone at Phuket Airport will reduce the amount of drone and light interference with incoming planes.    

Despite being popular for those wanting to capture an up close photo with an incoming plane, the 'selfie runway' has become a distraction for pilots

Despite being popular for those wanting to capture an up close photo with an incoming plane, the 'selfie runway' has become a distraction for pilots

Despite being popular for those wanting to capture an up close photo with an incoming plane, the ‘selfie runway’ has become a distraction for pilots

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