Bali’s ‘kite order task force’ reels in huge kite flying over Ngurah Rai airport

Illustration of a kite. Photo: Flickr
Illustration of a kite. Photo: Flickr

Kite season may technically be over in Bali, but kite-related violations are certainly not, as local authorities had to pull down a huge kite near Ngurah Rai International Airport yesterday. 

According to Tribun, around 10 officers comprising the Indonesian military as well as airport police and security who are part of a “kite order task force” ⁠— undertook the task, as there were concerns that the kite might disrupt flight traffic. 

“Yesterday the kite order task force put down one large kite. Next, the owner, named Sukarya, was provided with guidance so that he wouldn’t fly it up around the aviation operational safety area,” Denpasar Police spokesman, I Ketut Sukadi, said today. 

The kite in question, painted to look like an owl and predominantly colored with green and red, was about 6 feet tall.

“We hope that people can be more careful about where they fly their kites, [to avoid] areas around the airport for example, so that they wouldn’t be a disruption,” Sukadi said.

June to August is known as the kite season, or musim layang-layang, here in Bali. The sight of thousands of kites being flown from different parts of the island are common during this time of the year, as kite flying is a centuries-old tradition in Bali.

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