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Loy Krathong/ Yi Peng: Lanterns fell on Chiang Mai airport despite ban

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Shocking news.

 

When does anyone here follow the rules? Police were everywhere and right amongst everyone lighting the lanterns.

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From what I could see most lanterns were heading approx NW. Therefore any landing at the airport came from maybe Mae Hia/Lamphun/Ban Tawai areas.

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5-7 PM down by the pedestrian bridge near Warorot there were many guards and cops preventing any loying of lanterns. A few hours later the sky was full of them coming from that direction. Maybe the cops gave up? Beautiful as always!

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For just a few days of the year, it is the aircraft that should be banned from operating into and out of CM from sundown to sun up imo. It is such a spectacular tradition that it would be a shame to ban them outright. Yes, rubbish is a concern - but that’s a different problem to be tackled. 


If festivals like this are going to be banned, then we may as well all just stay inside our homes forever and not do anything enjoyable.

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Loy Krathong fizzled out when they stopped folk wandering around, beer in hand, tossing fireworks left & right 😞

 

Nearest thing to a war zone, back in the day 😉 

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It seems that most people won't listen until a major catastrophe like a plane crash occurs due to the lanterns.

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What would be worst case scenario? A lantern getting sucked into an engine on take off or like every other airport in the world having to deal with birds.

 

Never heard of an accident occuring from either.

The biggest risk, as occurred two years ago was high winds taking those burning candles onto properties, power lines etc starting fires.

 

Yet another small rule introduced to drive chiang mai off the tourist map....its one thing after another here.

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1 hour ago, EricTh said:

It seems that most people won't listen until a major catastrophe like a plane crash occurs due to the lanterns.

Nah, they'll be back at it the year after the plane crash, guaranteed.

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Best thing to do is nothing.

 

Best to wait for an aircraft to suck one into an engine and crash killing lots of people.

 

Then , I hear that the best thing to do is look for a scapegoat , arrest a few nobodys and seriously crack down the following year.

 

After a year , lapse into mai pen rai , rinse and repeat.

 

Amazing Thailand.  Sanook first and the devil take the hindmost.

 

Or.....don't chance it and close the airport on Loy Gratong. What the hell. Its only money.

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2 hours ago, eyecatcher said:

What would be worst case scenario? A lantern getting sucked into an engine on take off or like every other airport in the world having to deal with birds.

ap....its one thing after another here.

One lantern probably won't do much harm but 30-50 lanterns will certainly cause damage to the engine or block the viewscreen of the pilot's cockpit when the plane is trying to land.

 

Look at the first picture, there are so many lanterns close to each other.

 

 

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"This despite there being the prospect of five years in jail and/or 200,000 baht fines."

 

How do they find the scofflaw and enforce this one, even if they wanted to? 

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21 hours ago, webfact said:

They said that clear signs in Thai, English and Chinese had forbidden lanterns in Muang district of the northern Thai city - yet tourists and locals had flouted the law. 

 

This despite there being the prospect of five years in jail and/or 200,000 baht fines. 

I didn't see any such sign.

Hundreds of lanterns were lighted next to police officers who didn't care about it.

If this is illegal they should start by teaching police about it and tell them to enforce the law.

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On 11/13/2019 at 8:13 PM, EricTh said:

It seems that most people won't listen until a major catastrophe like a plane crash occurs due to the lanterns.

Even after a major catastrophe most people won't listen ...

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