In-flight mag advises visitors to shun '1984'

national August 08, 2014 01:00

By The Nation

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Philippine Airline's in-flight magazine offers passengers a range of tips for visiting Thailand - including not wearing red and how to take a selfie with soldiers.

Describing Thailand as “very safe for tourists”, the magazine also recommends that visitors carry either their passport or a copy of it with them at all times.
It also advises them against carrying a copy of George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984”, pointing out that this could lead to their being mistaken for anti-coup protesters.
London’s Telegraph newspaper recently noted online that the book had become a popular symbol of protest following the May coup.
The website also posted a copy of a tweet from @Joe_Black317 who took a photo of the tips in the magazine.
The tips include avoiding getting into debates about the pros and cons of the coup, especially in public.
It is also stated that the UK Foreign Office made no mention of the novel in its advice for Britons heading to Thailand, but warned: “It’s illegal to criticise the coup and you should be wary of making political statements in public. You should monitor local news and social media for developments.”

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