Thai aviation authorities have threatened to punish tourists, who take selfies pretending to touch planes, with a death sentence .
A beach close to a busy airport on Phuket in the country’ s south has become a popular attraction with holidaymakers because of its proximity to the island ’ s airport , reports Daily Mail.
The aviation authorities claim that tourists taking photos may cause crashes and announced plans to shut off a section of the beach to stop pilots becoming distracted by the activities of the tourists.
Phuket locals , however, hit back by saying if the beach was closed it would stop tourists coming to the island .
“ If the beach is closed , we will have serious problems because many tourists simply will not come, ’ said Winai Sae – io, head of a local entrepreneurial stimulus program .
“ I want (Airports of Thailand , which operates Phuket International Airport ) to look at us and support locals in making (a ) living here, too. ”