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Realtime camera of Samui airport taken offline after police visit British webcam operator


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Realtime camera of Samui airport taken offline after police visit British webcam operator 

 

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Police, immigration and airport authorities went to a house next to Samui Airport after complaints that a CCTV camera was recording take-off and landing at the airport. 

 

The authorities thought that the camera could pose a security risk. 

 

The camera was one of many that give realtime views of locations on Samui for 44,000 followers on YouTube and Facebook. It is called "The Real Samui Webcam". 

 

They are meant to give foreigners a snapshot of what is currently going on on the holiday island. 

 

At the house the authorities found a 72 year old British man whose passport and work permit were in order. He works in "detox" at a health firm. 

 

He said the camera in question was on his flat roof and had been put there by a mate of his. 

 

Channel 3 news reported that the camera had now been taken offline. 

 

The airport authority had claimed that the camera was a risk to security as the airport is used by many important people. 

 

 

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5 hours ago, webfact said:

The authorities thought that the camera could pose a security risk. 

I hear this nonsense all the time, someone explain how this could possibly be a security risk.

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2 minutes ago, 4675636b596f75 said:

I hear this nonsense all the time, someone explain how this could possibly be a security risk.

When any malcontent with the inclination could walk on up and put an RPG round into one of the hulls, rather than mount a webcam

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6 hours ago, webfact said:

The airport authority had claimed that the camera was a risk to security as the airport is used

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by many important people

So if it wasn't used by "important people," they don't care?

 

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19 minutes ago, KhunBENQ said:

Compare that to the kaput Pattaya cams.

Never did find out what happened to the Pattaya cams..maybe they where a security risk too..there used to be 2 on

"Walking Sreet"  a couple at Retox bar ,Irish Rovers bar ,Castra Gym, some football pitch (don't know where it was exactly)

and one of Pattaya bay  which is still (sometimes) working...probably more I forget about...but suddenly they all went offline.

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1 hour ago, 4675636b596f75 said:

Under what legal authority can they force a man to shut down something that can be seen from public?

Most countries have laws forbidding photography of military objects. 

Airports are included as protected objects. 

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12 minutes ago, PoorSucker said:

Most countries have laws forbidding photography of military objects. 

Airports are included as protected objects. 

That's an interesting point, if true.  Can a law be found that references this?  Most things that are in public and can be seen from a public place, are not prohibited to be photographed.  That airport is not military and most airports are owned by the city where they are located, ie owned by the public themselves.

 

 

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3 minutes ago, 4675636b596f75 said:

most airports are owned by the city where they are located, ie owned by the public themselves.

Samui airport is privately owned by Bangkok airways. 

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2 hours ago, 4675636b596f75 said:

I hear this nonsense all the time, someone explain how this could possibly be a security risk.

A potential terrorist can monitor the webcam and remotely detonate a device at the precise time. 

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Here come the "Thais can't do anything right" crowd, same crown that if a terrorist attack happened at that runway would be chastising Thais and Thailand for not having taken the  live camera down. Such live cameras at the end of a runway and at such close proximity present security risks for obvious reasons, anyone with half a brain should be able to see.that. (pun intended)

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2 hours ago, 4675636b596f75 said:

Under what legal authority can they force a man to shut down something that can be seen from public?

When the legal authority is owned by the government.

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5 hours ago, edwinchester said:

https://www.samuiairportonline.com/flight-status/

 

Best take down the airport's website detailing flight arrivals status then just to be safe.

Real important people don't arrive in the same planes as the plebs, so their arrivals and departures are not announced on the boards for the plebs...😉

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8 hours ago, sirineou said:

A potential terrorist can monitor the webcam and remotely detonate a device at the precise time. 

if a terrorist really wanted to blow up a plane they will do it, webcam or not as proven on several occasions.

 

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2 hours ago, Chelseafan said:

if a terrorist really wanted to blow up a plane they will do it, webcam or not as proven on several occasions.

 

Ok,,,,,

why the heck to we need to do anything then?

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14 hours ago, Chelseafan said:

if a terrorist really wanted to blow up a plane they will do it, webcam or not as proven on several occasions.

 

Publicity is a priority in social media times. 

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22 hours ago, sirineou said:

A potential terrorist can monitor the webcam and remotely detonate a device at the precise time. 

Total nonsense.  Explain exactly how this would work.

 

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