The Suvarnabhumi Suicides: Airport to erect THB30M glass wall to deter jumpers

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In a bid to discourage suicides at Thailand’s international airport, authorities today announced a plan to build glass barriers at the terminal’s fourth level, where apparently commercial flights are not the only departures going on.

Without giving a specific number, Suvarnabhumi Airport Director Raweewan Netarakavesana said many suicides had occurred since the airport opened seven years ago. At least three of those have occured since May, she said. Most recently, an intoxicated foreign tourist died.

Four years ago a man from Ireland was famously captured on video making a terminal descent as he leapt to his death.

Most commonly, people jump from the fourth level between gates seven and 10, Raweewan explained.

Suvarnabhumi welcomes many of Thailand’s more than 50 million annual visitors, and developing a reputation as the “suicide airport” would not help the vital tourism sector. 

Therefore Airports of Thailand is prepared to spend about THB30 million on the project which is under design with and scheduled for installation in August 2014, Bangkok Post reported.

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