Authorities detected 34 instances of laser beams aimed at airplanes taking off and landing at Tan Son Nhat International Airport in Ho Chi Minh City from 2021 to the present, prompting them to tighten measures to ensure aviation safety during the ongoing holiday travel boom.
The instances occurred frequently in Hiep Binh Chanh and Hiep Binh Phuoc Wards, Thu Duc City, Tran Doan Mau, director of the Southern Airports Authority, said at a conference on Thursday afternoon.
Mau emphasized that dealing with the aforementioned recurrent violations of flight safety is an urgent matter as Tan Son Nhat International Airport currently handles 40 percent of Vietnam’s total flight capacity.
On a national scale, the number of international visitors to the country is increasing rapidly, with daily arrivals reaching 6,000 visitors as of Thursday, according to Mau.
“We thus must strengthen security and ensure absolute safety of flight operations,” the director stated.
Nguyen Sy Quang, deputy director of the Ho Chi Minh City Department of Public Security, said that his department has a plan to coordinate with security forces at Tan Son Nhat to ensure absolute safety for passengers and air transport during the two public holidays of Reunification Day (April 30) and International Workers' Day (May 1), which often see surging traveling demands.