Bangkok — A photo showing the flight information of Thaksin Shinawatra‘s two daughters before boarding a Thai Airways flight to England has gone viral online, fueling rumors they have fled Thailand, and prompting an angry reaction from the ex-Thai prime minister’s youngest daughter.
The photo is believed to have been taken with a smartphone by an unknown Thai Airways staff member, and shows the passengers’ names, details of checked baggage, seating arrangements, flight number, and departure time and destination of sisters Pinthongta and Paethongtan, according to reports.
The picture began to circulate on Facebook and other online sites on Thursday night, a few hours after they departed from Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport, according to a Thai Rath report.
It shows the sisters took as many as eight suitcases with them, strengthening the rumors that Thaksin’s family members plan to flee Thailand to escape the mounting pressure from protesters and political opponents of Thaksin and his sister Prime Minister Yingluck.
But on Friday Paethongtan denied the asylum rumors and called the unknown THAI staff member who revealed the flight information as “a man without a code of ethics”, said the Thai Rath report.
On her @ingshin21 Instagram account, Paethongtan posted “I’ve learned that there was someone without the code of ethics revealing my information. Not here to seek asylum but to work for six days,” along with a photo of herself at a coffee shop in England.
She also said there were four people in her group travelling to England, and the trip was not an attempt to escape the political situation in Thailand.
“The haters always make up stories to slander us, but I don’t care about them. They will stop once they get tired,” she said.