Fake Myanmar pilot at BKK wanted selfies for girlfriend: airport

A man suspected of going to extreme lengths to get some cool selfies by forging a pilot’s ID and donning a uniform has been convicted of trespassing at Suvarnabhumi International Airport, according to aviation officials.

Ye Min Thu, a Myanmar national, was sentenced to eight months in jail for impersonating an airline pilot and immigration offenses, airport director Suthirawat Suwannawat said.

According to Suthirawat, Min Thu was caught Tuesday wearing an unspecified airline’s pilot uniform and carrying a fake ID. Suspicious airport staff approached him and put him to question. 

Min Thu confessed to the crime. A look into Min Thu’s background, Suthirawat said, found he had entered Thailand to study at a university but dropped out. Recently he had been studying aviation online and living in a condominium in Bangkok’s Hua Mak area. 

On his phone were photos that led the authorities to suspect he might have been trying to deceive his girlfriend and family by taking pictures of him in the pilot’s uniform at the airport.

Min Thu has traveled in and out of Thailand several times as a student. He was last granted permission to stay Feb. 17 through April 23 but did not seek to extend it.

He was swiftly convicted of trespassing and overstaying his visa at a Samut Prakan provincial court, which sentenced him to eight months in prison.

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