AIR FORCE CHIEF ACM Chom Rungsawang yesterday said his office had set up a centre to monitor the use of drones during the Royal Cremation ceremonies at the request of a joint command for the Royal Cremation of the late King.
The centre would put up a sensor system and deploy preventive appliances, or “air guards”, to monitor use of drones during the ceremony, Chom said.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand has issued a complete ban on launching drones during the ceremony scheduled between October 25 and 28 at the crematorium venue in Sanam Luang.
Chom said the only legal drones would be those registered with the National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission and the CAAT, operated only to take still photos or videos for news reports.
Their operation will be closely monitored by authorities to ensure the drones remain within the permitted zone.
He was speaking after presiding over religious rites at a replica of the Royal Crematorium set up at Tupatemi Air Force Stadium in Pathum Thani province.
Replicas have been erected in every province across the country so that people are able to join the cremation ceremonies for the late King, to be held in Bangkok on October 26.
Chom said the construction of the replica at the stadium was almost complete. The site’s area will be reconfigured to accommodate more than 100,000 people.
Meanwhile, PM’s Office Minister Ormsin Chevapruek yesterday checked the readiness of a media centre for journalists assigned to cover the Royal Cremation in the main auditorium at Thammasat University. The media centre will officially open on Monday afternoon but journalists will not be allowed to use it until the following day, Ormsin said.
During the full rehearsal of the Royal funeral on October 21, journalists will cover the event from an area prepared for them, Ormsin said, but they would not be allowed to do live broadcasts. The media centre will be responsible for the live broadcast.
Meanwhile, acting Public Relations Department director-general Lt-General Sansern Kaewkamnerd reiterated that live broadcasts would not be allowed at this Sunday’s rehearsal.
Television media will be permitted to broadcast live during a set period but not for the whole event.
Speaking about the October 21 full rehearsal, Sansern said media that conducted live broadcasts would be stripped of their certification.
Authorities were concerned that they could not prohibit people who wanted to broadcast live during the rehearsals, but they may face difficulties due to signal jamming during the event.