Russian man’s erratic behaviour causes stir at Phuket Airport

Photo courtesy of Phuket News

A peculiar scene unfolded in Phuket‘s bustling airport yesterday as bystanders observed a Russian man, scantily clad in denim shorts and sans shirt or shoes, meandering aimlessly through the terminal.

The spectacle escalated as the man clambered onto a balcony of the terminal, his behaviour becoming increasingly erratic and alarming.

Local authorities, including members of the Tourist Police and representatives from the Tourist Assistance Centre (TAC), were quickly on the scene. The man’s disorientated state had attracted attention, with some spectators describing his ramblings as insane, suggesting possible mental or emotional distress.

Officers embarked upon a peaceful resolution, persuading the man to descend from the balcony and offering him support. Photographs from the scene depicted TAC officials engaging in conversation with the man at the Aeroflot check-in counter. Despite their efforts, it appeared the man was denied boarding any flight that day.

To ensure the comfort of other passengers, the authorities relocated the man to a less crowded area of the airport. They also provided him with a shirt to wear, to maintain decency within the public space. The photographs revealed the officers’ repeated attempts to assist the man, indicating their dedication to the safety and well-being of all visitors.

As the situation unfolded, the TAC managed to establish contact with the man’s friends and relatives. They arrived at the airport to collect him, ensuring he was in safe hands, reported Phuket News.

The Samaritans of Thailand and the Thai Mental Health Hotline offer a lifeline for those in need of emotional support or counselling. The Samaritans can be reached 24 hours a day on 02-113-6789, offering services in both English and Thai. The Thai Mental Health Hotline also assists in 1323, in the Thai language.

In related news, a fatal collision on Kata Hill, Phuket has claimed the life of a Russian man after his motorbike collided with a passenger van carrying six Chinese tourists, on November 25, according to Phuket Tourist Police. Read more about this story HERE.

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Mitch Connor

Mitch is a Bangkok resident, having relocated from Southern California, via Florida in 2022. He studied journalism before dropping out of college to teach English in South America. After returning to the US, he spent 4 years working for various online publishers before moving to Thailand.

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