Just two weeks since its grand opening, the Beijing-Shanghai high-speed train has disappointed passengers for the third time. Beijing railway bureau officials attributed the third glitch in as many days to “a sudden malfunction,” leaving out any further explanations as to what caused the malfunction. According to a passenger who was on board, “the lights and air conditioning were off” and passengers were told by the attendants that “the train might be delayed for 30 minutes because of a problem with the signal system.” Those 30 minutes of delay quickly turned into an hour, and passengers were then told to board the back-up train, arriving at the destination two and a half hours behind schedule. The Ministry of Railways attempted to lift the spirits of each passenger with a complementary box of cookies and bottle of water, the obvious cure-all. The first two incidents with the high-speed rail were due to power failure.