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Probe launched after fans breach security at airport

Five people are being investigated after two female fans of South Korean actor Lee Jong-suk made it into a restricted area in Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport last week in a bid to meet the star as he arrived in Thailand.

Thai police and airport officials have been questioning two customs officers and their superior officer about the incident. Illegally entering a restricted area in Suvarnabhumi Airport carries a penalty of five years jail or a fine of 100,000 baht (US$3,080). 

Last Friday, the Thai two female fans of Lee Jong-suk allegedly claimed to be customs officers and entered the baggage claim area with the help of two customs officials. One of the two fans put a post on Instagram showing them in the airport, hoping other fans of the Korean star would be jealous.

However, the post went viral and many criticized the pair for skirting airport security measures. Lee Jong-suk came to Thailand for a meeting of his large fan club in Bangkok. 

The two fans managed to meet the Korean star as he collected his luggage.

After an investigation by airport officials, CCTV footage showed the two fans entering the restricted area with a male customs officer. Footage also showed a female customs officer letting the two fans inside the area.

The video clip showed a person using a security card from Thai customs to help the two get inside the restricted zone.

Police Colonel Viroj Tudso, the superintendent at Suvarnabhumi Airport police station, received an order from his commander to carry out a detailed investigation into the case. 

Prasong Poontaneat, the Chairman of the Airports Of Thailand which oversees Suvarnabhumi, said if it was proved that the two customs officers had committed a crime they would lose their jobs. He said he could guarantee that Suvarnabhumi Airport’s security measure passed international standards and no improvements were needed.

Kittipong Kittikachorn, the Executive Vice President, Deputy General Manager of Suvarnabhumi Airport, said a full investigation into the incident would be carried out and would take about 10 days.

Kittipong admitted that security checkpoints where officials entered had been lax because of the large number of people passing through. He said he would insist on officers being stricter at security checkpoints.

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