Airport in Chiang Rai Authorities Pinpointed Passenger Caught Smoking E-Cigarette on Flight


Mae Fah Luang Chiang Rai Airport authorities have pinpointed the identity of a passenger caught smoking an e-cigarette on a flight departing from Chiang Rai province last Sunday (Apr 7). The woman in question now faces potential charges under two separate legal statutes: the Tobacco Products Control Act of 2017 and the Act on Certain Offenses Against Air Navigation of 1978, for smoking on public transport and compromising air navigation safety, respectively.

In response to the incident, airport officials have instructed the airline involved to initiate further legal proceedings against the passenger. Airport Director Sqn Ldr Somchanok Tiamtiabrat confirmed the legal action following the widespread dissemination of a video capturing the act. The footage, shared by a user on an online platform, quickly gained attention and criticism for the passenger’s breach of security protocols.

Sqn Ldr Somchanok addressed concerns regarding airport security measures, explaining that while comprehensive physical and X-ray screenings are conducted for all passengers, the plastic components of e-cigarettes can sometimes evade detection. He also reiterated that all vaping devices, including mods, e-liquids, and disposable vapes, are strictly prohibited on flights within Thailand, with enforcement officers tasked with confiscating any such items found during security checks.

The preceding is a press release from the Thai Government PR Department.

Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.