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Airport to get electric fences to deter intruders

2012/05/17 11:15:55

Taipei, May 17 (CNA) Taiwan's largest airport is to be equipped with electric fences to step up its security network following a series of perimeter intrusions.

Authorities at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport said that some 15 kilometers of electric fencing around the airport's apron will be erected in stages from November in order to keep unauthorized people out of the airport's restricted areas more effectively, after the latest incident in which three Thai workers were caught fishing May 5 near a drain inside such a zone in the southern wing of the airport.

The three were detained by airport police for questioning and each was fined NT$5,000 (US$170) for violating the Civil Aviation Law after an investigation showed that they broke into the prohibited area simply because they wanted to go fishing.

The investigators said the three were originally fishing in a stream outside the airport's apron, but later crawled from the other side of the stream into the airport grounds, where they felt the fishing would be better.

Prior to this incident, airport guards had already intercepted many foreign laborers who had tried to intrude into the airport for various reasons.

Nearby factories employ a large number of foreign workers and they often gather around the airport to pass the time on their off-hours.

(By Flor Wang)