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Three Thai airports may not meet international safety inspection standards

Three large provincial Thai airports face problems after it was revealed that they may not meet international standards for security.

thai_aviation_standardsIf the airports fail a mid year inspection by international aviation authorities they could be closed to international travel both incoming and outgoing.

The airports concerned are Krabi, Udon Thani and Surat Thani.

The Universal Security Audit Program is due to inspect 11 Thai airports in June and July of this year. USAP monitors member state’s security performance, reports Thairath.

Without their rubber stamp international flights cannot land or depart from an airport.

Thai government officials are concerned that the installation of new X-ray machines to detect weapons at the three airports will not be fully operational. They said the machines will only be fully functional by October.

Somsak Hommuang of the communications ministry has ordered the creation of a committee to oversee the airports’ efforts to comply with international regulations.

Thai Rath reported that the Thai Airport Authority that oversees all 11 airports due to be inspected were “ready but concerned”.

The airports concerned may have to prove their systems will be in place without them actually being ready at the time of the mid year inspection.

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