Residents near Bangkok airport make threat

Feb. 16, 2008 at 4:27 PM
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BANGKOK, Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Several people living close to Bangkok's Suvarnabhumi Airport have threatened to disrupt area air travel unless their noise complaints yield results.

The concerned citizens, who accuse the airport of noise pollution, have threatened to use rockets and balloons on aircraft if they are not given financial compensation for their troubles, The Bangkok Post said Saturday.

The nearly 100 individuals making the threat allege they were promised payments and are now calling on new Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej to make good on that promise.

Somchart Manathamsombat, head of the concerned citizens group, alleges Airports of Thailand agreed to buy the residents' homes in a signed agreement but never followed through.

The Post said the rockets the residents' have threatened to use are homemade non-explosive rockets known as "bung fai," which can fly hundreds of feet into the air, posing potential hazards to aircraft.

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