Monrudee Gettuphan, Director of Phuket International Airport, told The Phuket News this morning that security was boosted in all areas in and around the airport immediately after news of the explosion reached Phuket last night.
“We increased security at the gates and patrols in the car park building. Security personnel are checking all vehicles and recording license plate numbers,” she said.
All electrical devices and equipment are being checked before being allowed into the airport, Ms Monrudee added.
“We have also increased patrols in public areas in the terminal buildings and around the airport, and every maid has been ordered to report any suspicious items left in the restrooms,” she said.
Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Pachara Boonyasit confirmed that security was ramped up islandwide immediately last night.
“Ten security check points were set up across the island last night, and every police officer on the island has been ordered to report for duty or to remain on call for immediate action,” he told The Phuket News this morning.
Police have been ordered to be especially vigilant in tourist areas, Gen Pachara said.
“Security has been increased especially at tourist accommodation establishments and at tourism attractions,” he said. “We have to be strict for safety, because we have Phuket International Airport.”
However, Gen Pachara confirmed to The Phuket News that he had not been informed of any reports or rumours that Phuket was a possible target for a terrorist attack.
Meanwhile, despite calling an emergency security this morning, Phuket Governor Nisit Jansomwong played down the potential impact on Phuket.
“We just had ordinary meeting about security in Phuket province,” he said. “Plus, we co-ordinated efforts of relevant organizations, such as the Royal Thai Navy Third area Command, the police, district office chiefs and people in tourism areas, to ensure security.
“People need to be sure they are safe in Phuket.”
Asked about security at shopping malls in Phuket, Gov Nisit said, “The malls already have their own security procedures. We will support them in some areas.”
Gov Nisit also called on people to act responsibly when making comments on social media about the security situation.
“We have to help each other with keeping confidence in our safety. Phuket province is not a target,” he said.
“We have to think about what we share on social media, and think carefully before we post or share. Phuket is tourism province, and we have to make sure Phuket is safe.”