Hong Kong Tourist Flies Into Trouble With Palace Drone

November 9, 2015

NewsStandOnline.Net (9-November-2015): A Hong Kong tourist was arrested for flying a drone over the Royal Palace in Phnom Penh.

Tiga Wong, 40, was identified as the man who sent the drone aloft by the director of the Internal Security Department in Cambodias Interior Ministry.  But the director, Sieng Sen, said Wong was released once police were satisfied he did not have any bad intention when flying the drone on Saturday.

We educated him about the ban on drones in Phnom Penh and had him sign a document to promise not to do it again, he said.  Phnom Penh municipal authorities have banned flying drones without a permit since February 16. That was after a German tourist flew a camera-carrying drone into the Royal Palace.

Hong Kong Tourist Flies Into Trouble With Palace Drone

The drone was spotted by Queen Mother Norodom Monineath, 79, as she went about her daily exercise routine.

Secretary for Security Lai Tung- kwok said Wong had not made any request for help to Hong Kong authorities or to the Chinese embassy in the Cambodian capital.

Every place has its own rules, Lai remarked. If deemed necessary we may remind Hongkongers of some information on our website. Its not necessary for us to remind them at the border.

Drone distributor Lou Tsz-ming said it would in any event be difficult for SAR authorities to monitor changing laws on the devices.  It would be best for drone fliers to familiarize themselves with the rules of their destination, he added. Its not worth going to jail for flying a drone.

Hong Kong bans the flying of drones in country parks, five kilometers from the airport and along Victoria Harbour. And drones must stay below 91.4 meters. Lou, who said there are up to 3,000 drone owners in Hong Kong, called for rules to be relaxed in country parks.

The popularity of drones has surged with advances in technology putting the prices of some models at several hundred Hong Kong dollars.  Thailand banned drones and remote- controlled aircraft last year during political turmoil but has relaxed the rules since.