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Ban on Loy Krathong lanterns near Phuket International Airport

Mr Thanee Chougcho, Director of Phuket International Airport, revealed that during the Loy Krathong festival of every year, we can see many of the Khom Loy (lantern), Khom Kwan (balloon) and fireworks from hotels or local celebrations surrounding the airport. This creates a high risk of serious accident to in-flight aircraft.

Safety
By The Phuket News

Saturday 17 November 2018, 10:15AM


Ban on airborne festival celebrations surrounding the airport

Ban on airborne festival celebrations surrounding the airport

The aircraft are at a low level, resulting in a risk that a Kom Loy or Kom Kwan may be sucked into the engine and sparks from the object could cause serious accidents to the aircraft.

Therefore, Mr Thanee would like to cooperate with all sectors to be careful in releasing Kom Loy and Kom Kwan or any other similar objects up into the air over the festival period.

Individuals releasing Kom Loy, Kom Kwan, fireworks and drones in the surrounding area of the airfield will be guilty of the following offenses:

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Section 2499. (1) Any person who commits any act of interfering with an aircraft in a manner likely to cause danger to a person shall be liable to imprisonment for a term of six months to seven years and a fine of between B1,000 and B14,000.

2558 Section 18 (2). Any person who interferes with an aircraft on the ground so that the aircraft is unable to fly or is likely to cause danger to the safety of the aircraft during the flight shall be liable to execution or imprisonment from five years to 20 years and a fine of B600,000 to B800,000.

 

 

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Jor12 | 21 November 2018 - 09:31:07

Sad to read that some people have no excitement in their lives. Their excitement is to complain on PN comments section about those who do. Festivals are unique and fabulous celebrations celebrated all around the world; where millions of people gather partyng, drinking and having the time of their lives...experiencing life the way it should be lived. Rubbish is cleared away, so no problem.

Timothy | 21 November 2018 - 08:43:50

Dek, the article was about flying lanterns. Why don't you comment on that issue?? As per usual, you only try to slag others. Calling people "white supremist. racists, etc. What is your valued opinion on the topic of the article? Do you think it's okay for these stupid, mega polluting lanterns to continue to be allowed, or can you think about the environment instead of money? 

Kurt | 20 November 2018 - 15:22:24

Actually, about floating kratongs, in de past there were just a few in villages, But now look the next day at Naiharn Lake. The left over pollution is enormous. How much is the budget to clean the Lake and the beaches?

DeKaaskopp | 20 November 2018 - 15:22:00

Timi,if you would be a little bit more attentive,you would have seen that my response wasn't regarding your comment.

Timothy | 20 November 2018 - 09:27:26

Dek, my comment was in regards to the article about the flying lanterns not the floating Kratongs, which are mostly collected the next day. The flying lanterns are not a traditional part of the festival. They are a relatively new addition and just a way for locals to get more cash from tourists. They can fly miles out to sea and drop. That's ok with you? Mayor of cuckoo land.

Pauly44 | 19 November 2018 - 18:07:55

Thailand needs to wake up and realize its part of the world and  international community, most countries are making huge efforts to minimize environmental damage whereas Thailand and Thai's are the exact opposite, it appears the resident apologist likes living in a dysfunctional polluting unnecessary society! 

DeKaaskopp | 19 November 2018 - 16:28:55

" Ban them kratongs everywhere" Those floats are the most characteristic items of this traditional festival.After the veg.festival Loy Kratong comes under fire now.Anything some expats don't want to change here to turn this place into their cloud cuckoo land?

Timothy | 18 November 2018 - 09:39:04

I agree about the flying lanterns. Last New Years I was on Bangtao Beach. There must have been 10,000 of those stupid things lit and sent flying over the ocean. These are the type of things that will kill turtles and other marine life. Yet, they are only worried about near the airport. Wake up idiots!

Galong | 17 November 2018 - 15:28:12

Ban them kratongs everywhere! They cause environmental damage both on land and in the sea.

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