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Chinese tour group refused to return airline’s cutlery

September 4, 2013 Aviation, Headline News 3 Comments Email Email

egtmedia59Singapore Airlines is proud of its fine stainless steel cutlery, presented with in-flight meal service – but flight attendants like it back at the end of the meal.

A group of Chinese tourists were so taken with the airline’s gleaming cutlery they decided to keep it – until confronted by airline staff who demanded its return.250x250

According to a report in Hong Kong’s South China Morning Post, quoting the Qianjiang Evening News in mainland China, 30 tourists concealing 30 sets of stainless steel tableware were involved.

Even after SIA’s elegant flight attendants explained politely that the tableware could not be kept, as it needed to be washed and re-used (unlike plastic disposable cutlery or bamboo chopsticks) the tourists were not convinced and refused to hand the cutlery over.

The tourists insisted that relatives who had flown with SIA before had told them of a custom whereby they could keep the tableware, the report said.

Taken aback, the flight attendants finished up asking the tour guide travelling with the group for help. The guide had to warn the tourists repeatedly before they reluctantly produced the knives and forks and handed them over.

The tourists, mainly from a small town in Zhejiang province, were on a tour of Singapore, Malaysia, and Thailand, the report stated. It did not specify when the incident took place.

Recent misconduct by Chinese travellers has included in-flight brawls, groups of passengers rushing onto tarmacs when their flights were delayed, and scenes of airport rage. In a recent incident of vandalism, a Chinese boy carved “Ding Jinhao was here” graffiti in Mandarin characters on a precious 3500-year old sculpture in Egypt’s Temple of Luxor.

China’s deputy premier, Wang Yang, has stated publicly that dire manners and “uncivilised behaviour” by some Chinese tourists are harming China’s image overseas.

Wang singled out “talking loudly in public places, jay-walking, spitting and wilfully carving characters on items in scenic zones”.

He may need to add in-flight cutlery to the list.

Written by : Peter Needham

Currently there are "3 comments" on this Article:

  1. Brian says:

    The list to be added is long; for some, their manners are non-existing.

  2. Bill says:

    Family arguments and screaming in restaurants , no thought for other patrons trying to have a enjoyable quite
    meal with family and friends.
    Manners non existence.

  3. Yuni says:

    I m a Chinese, but not born or raised in China.
    I m sorry to say they are the most obnoxious “race” in this time & era.

    They are just so bad, that people all over the world recognize them for their bad & uncultured behaviors.

    It was so differeny in the ancient past, like during the Ming & Tang dynasties. They were exporting refine Chinese culture to the world, esp to Korea & Japan. Which is why Confucian teaching lives in Korea, & Japanese language use Kanji( Chinese derived characters) in their language.

    If China did not hv cultural revolution, they might be more similar to these two other countries.

    Even countries with overseas Chinese like Singapore, Hongkong & Taiwan, Chinese people there do not behave like them.

    Chinese Cultural revolution. Most people think it destroyed the social fabric as well as Confucian-value system.
    Hence their people are selfish & impolite.

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