Glass walls to be built at airport to stop falls, suicides

Glass walls to be built at airport to stop falls, suicides

Glass walls will be erected along balconies and bridges around the departure terminal of Suvarnabhumi Airport to guard against suicide attempts or people accidentally falling to their deaths, after a spate of incidents in recent months, Airports of Thailand director Rawewan Netrakavesna said yesterday.

Three suicides or deaths had occurred at the airport over the past five months since she took office, Rawena said.

The walls, which would cost Bt30 million through a special auction process, due to the urgency of the situation, would be erected at the departure terminal, which is on the fourth and top open floor of the airport building.

"The problem is being taken care of, because it has caused an image problem to Suvarnabhumi Airport," she explained.

The glass walls would be two metres high, and erected initially at walkways into the departure terminal, on the fourth floor which is connected to internal roads.

Most cases of suicide or suicide attempts were reported at Doors 7 to 10, which are located remotely to the west of the airport building.

The latest incident involved a Western man who appeared intoxicated. Video clips of the incident were posted on social media.

There was also an incident in July 2011, cited in news reports, when a security guard burned himself and jumped off a balcony on the fourth floor to his death. 

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