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Fake news goes viral about ‘death sentence’ for Phuket airport selfies

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International media are going crazy over a completely nonsense story. But, of course, one outlet posts the fake news and the others copy/paste.

Tourists who take selfies on notorious airport beach are threatened with the death penalty by Thai officials,” trumpets the headline in Daily Mail. (‘notorious’???)

“Tourists taking beach selfies while planes take-off have angered airport chiefs in Thailand – who warned the maximum penalty for distracting pilots is the death sentence.”

The story, originally posted in The Thaiger and provincial paper Phuket News, has taken a life of its own being ramped up in levels of exaggeration in the month since the stories first appeared.

Fake news goes viral about 'death sentence' for Phuket airport selfies | News by The Thaiger

The Thaiger’s original breaking story about the matter HERE. Zero reference about ‘death penalty’.

“Many beachgoers take pictures of themselves with the jets in the background and post the images on social media sites like Instagram. But airport bosses are furious and have vowed to close off the section of beach amid concerns it could cause an accident.”

“Tourists have flocked to the beach on the Thai island of Phuket to take photos at the end of the notorious runway.”

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“In a bid to stop the practice Thai authorities have warned that anyone caught taking selfies faces the death penalty.”

“The executives have not explained how taking pictures of the aircraft could pose a danger but it is believed to relate to the potential to distract pilots in the same way that drones and laser pens can.

“Officials told local media that the maximum punishment for distracting pilots with such devices is the death sentence.”

An article in Bangkok Post from March 8 finishes with an unrelated reference to disturbances to aircraft and pilots. The international tabloids have added 2 plus 2 together and come up with 17!

Fake news goes viral about 'death sentence' for Phuket airport selfies | News by The Thaiger

“Holidaymakers who breach the planned restricted area preventing pictures would be punished under the same law, which carries the death penalty.”

Phuket International Airport has foreshadowed changes to the access of the popular northern Nai Yang Beach location, accessed from the south by a 400 metre walk along the foreshore, or from the north with the viewing area adjacent to a small car park not he foreshore.



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BTS match long-standing Beatles’ record and reach the Top 6 in 26 countries with new album

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South Korean band BTS is making waves across music charts around the world. Their new album ‘Map of the Soul – Persona’ has matched a long-standing Beatles record of having three number one albums on the US Billboard chart in one year. The all-male band comprises RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V and Jungkook, all aged between 22 and 27 years old. They debuted in 2013 amid the highly competitive K-Pop industry but have been able to break free and become international superstars selling out stadiums around the world, singing mostly in Korean.

BTS visited Bangkok in at the start of April filling the Rajamangala Stadium for two nights, the only band that has ever achieved two sell-out concerts in the massive sports stadium.

At the same time the seven-member band has reached the number one position in the Billboard Top 100 Artists and their candy-coated new single ‘Boy With Luv‘, with US singer Halsey, has debuted at #8 (this week) in the Billboard Top 100 with most music pundits predicting it will hit the number one spot in the next few weeks. The single is in the Top 30 of 35 world music charts this week.

In the 24 hours following the single’s release, ‘Boy With Luv’ broke the YouTube record for the most views in 24 hours, beating out fellow South Korean K-Pop band BlackPink. ‘Boy With Luv’ was viewed 74 million times in 24 hours!

The band has been flipping between the US and Asia actively promoting their new album and single which was released on April 12, including their much-discussed live performance on Saturday Night Live. Accused of being just another music ‘fad’ BTS continue to break music records and break down stereotypes in the ‘white-washed’ world music industry.

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Thanathorn says he’s confident he won’t be penalised by the EC

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Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the leader of Future Forward Party, says he’s confident he won’t be penalised by the Election Commission over allegations he breached the Constitution and the election by holding shares in a media company, V Luck Media, when registering for the March 24 election.

Thanathorn says he will submit his defence with the commission by next Monday and insists on his innocence.

Thanathorn is dismissing the possibility that he could be penalised by the EC by being barred from running in elections for one year, leading to his being disqualified as an MP.

The commission sent Thanathorn a formal notice on Wednesday that he was charged for breaching the Constitution and the MP election law after he was allegedly found to be in possession of 675,000 shares in the media firm when he registered his election candidacy. Thanathorn was given seven days to respond to the charge.

The Constitution and the MPs Election Act forbid poll candidates from being proprietors or share-holders of media companies. Thanathorn insisted that he had transferred all the shares to his mother prior to his candidacy registration and dismissed  the charge against him as part of what he described as “politics of personal destruction.”

The Future Forward Party came in third place, behind Pheu Thai and Phalang Pracharat, and ahead of the Democrats, in votes from the March 24 poll. The party was only formed in the last year and put up the fiery 41 year old as its leader and prime ministerial candidate.

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Freak storm batters Don Mueang Airport, Bangkok

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A random summer storm has struck Bangkok’s Don Mueang Airport this afternoon. The freak storm affected more than 18 flights and stranded 3,000 passengers whilst the storm battered the area north of the main city.

At least one flight was re-directed to the nearby Suvarnabhumi Airport and another to U-Tapao Airport.

Strong winds caused a Lion Air mobile airstair to hit a Nok Air aircraft parked nearby, after which all 176 passengers on board the Nok Air flight had to disembark and board another aircraft. Their flight was delayed up to 90 minutes.

The storm disrupted flights in and out of Don Mueang Airport between 2pm and 4pm.

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A mobile stairwell was more mobile than it was meant to be during the storm

The Aeronautical Radio of Thailand reported that the storm passed at about 3.15pm and normal services at the airport resumed soon after.

During the storm dozens of planes were parked waiting for a take off slot, while dozens others circled in the city’s vicinity waiting for the opportunity to land.

Pathum Thani was also hit by winds, so severe that they blew off a section of the Western University’s concrete wall. The falling debris seriously damaged four cars and two motorcycles owned by university staff and lecturers, though nobody was injured.

The Meteorological Department has forecast summer and electrical storms in the North, Northeast, East and Central regions, including Bangkok tomorrow and into the early part of the weekend.

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