Chinese police boarded an Air New Zealand flight from Auckland after it touched down in Shanghai because a woman aboard had “nearly caused a riot” over her inflight meal.
The woman was held by police after allegedly scratching flight attendants and spitting on them because she was not served her meal of choice, the Shanghai Daily reported.
The report quoted Air New Zealand confirming that police boarded Flight NZ289 from Auckland to Shanghai on arrival at Pudon International Airport last Thursday morning, to remove a woman following a “passenger disturbance” aboard. The airline did not give details about the passenger.
Katie Bradford, a reporter with New Zealand’s TVNZ, who was on the flight, tweeted about the incident.
“Police boarded my flight in Shanghai because a woman nearly caused a riot when they didn’t have the meal she wanted,” she wrote. “Definition of Hangry.”
Hangry – a blend of hungry and angry.
‘Hanger’ may be increasing in an age of instant gratification, but it doesn’t make for pleasant air travel. In this case, it sounds like the woman may have lost it after not receiving her meal of first choice.
The nationality of the woman was not divulged, but China is losing patience with disruptive in-flight conduct and recently banned three Chinese passengers from travelling on major airlines for “uncivilised behaviour”.
The country is concerned at reports of outragious behaviour by its airline passengers and by Chinese tourists abroad. China’s Air Transport Association declared a few weeks ago that disruptive travellers would be banned from booking flights with five of China’s biggest airlines for up to two years. See: Banned passengers hit security officer with can of milk
Written by Peter Needham