Hong Kong police arrested a female passenger on a Cathay Pacific flight from Dubai after a dispute with cabin crew in which orange juice was allegedly flung over a flight attendant.
The 36-year-old woman from mainland China allegedly hurled the juice, the South China Morning Post reported.
The dispute escalated and orange juice was thrown over a 25-year-old female flight attendant. When the plane arrived at Hong Kong International Airport in the early morning, police officers were standing ready. They arrested the woman for common assault.
The incident is the latest in a series involving mainland Chinese travellers, who have been accused of disruptive, histrionic or violent behaviour.
Earlier this year, the Chinese government signalled it was losing patience. China’s Air Transport Association declared that disruptive travellers would be banned from booking flights with five of China’s biggest airlines for up to two years.
The first three passengers to be banned under the edict 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 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 been accused of causing fights on aircraft, smashing up airport computers when delayed, running onto tarmacs and disrupting airport terminals.
In December 2014, a Chinese woman who was dissatisfied with the service on an AirAsia flight from Thailand to China flung hot water at a cabin attendant, forcing the flight to return to Bangkok.
Written by Peter Needham