China is losing patience with disruptive in-flight behaviour and has banned three passengers from travelling on major airlines for “uncivilised behaviour”, Chinese state media has reported.
The country is increasingly concerned at reports of bad conduct by airline passengers and by Chinese tourists visiting other countries. The first three passengers to be blacklisted had transgressed by striking a checkpoint security officer with a can of milk, attacking airline personnel over a flight delay and refusing to switch off a handheld electronic device during a landing, the China Daily newspaper said.
Reports of misbehaviour by Chinese travellers surfaced recently in a video of greedy tourists devouring plate-loads of prawns in a top Bangkok hotel. See: Chinese tourists in ‘savage’ prawn-eating stampede
Travelling mainland Chinese have caused fights on aircraft, smashed up airport computers when delayed, run onto tarmacs and disrupted airport terminals.
Last year, a China Eastern flight was forced to abort take-off after two or more of its passengers ran about the aircraft opening emergency exit doors as the plane taxied down the runway, apparently so they could get more fresh air.
In December, China’s National Tourism Administration (CNTA) threatened severe punishment for disruptive travellers after a video emerged of an angry passenger shouting a threat to blow up a plane. The outburst came just after an equally disruptive fellow passenger hurled a scalding bowl of hot water and noodles over a flight attendant.
Last August, in a similarly unpleasant incident, a child was allegedly encouraged to defecate on his seat, rather than use the toilet during a flight from Beijing to Detroit, according to the US-based Chinese-language newspaper World Journal.
Written by Peter Needham