Spectators asked to distance themselves from airport runway fence

Airport police are cracking down on spectators who would watch takeoffs and landings from a spot near the runway fence.

This has been a traditional spectator spot, but now police say those who would watch the air traffic should do so across the street in the  Parque del Agricultor. They claimed that the park was safer, better illuminated and more secure.

They also said that spectators who insist in breaking the law and watching aircraft activity from the chain link fence expose themselves to noxious fumes from aircraft engines.

Juan Santamaría airport in Alajuela always has attracted spectators. There is no balcony for viewing inside the terminal, so a wide spot big enough to park cars between the highway and the fence has been used in the past. Some weekends there may be as many as 30 people watching takeoffs and landings. But no more, it seems.

The airport police coupled the warning with a concern for citizen security, suggesting that there may have been crimes in their spectator areas.

They urged persons who go to the airport to watch planes not to do so alone and to do so from a secure site, as well as to respect the traffic laws.

Police are sometimes stationed at the former viewing spot not far from the main runway.

Police are sometimes stationed at the former viewing spot not far from the main runway.

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