By Bridget O’Donnell
Angry passengers storm the Pudong runway.
More than 20 angry passengers took to the Pudong Airport runway yesterday morning, and prevented an international flight from entering the terminal, proving that hell hath no fury like a pissed-off Chinese passenger with a healthy sense of entitlement.
The passengers had been stranded at Pudong the night before after their flight from Shenzhen to Nanjing was diverted because of poor weather. According to Shanghai Daily, Shenzhen Airlines agreed to put the passengers up in a hotel and rearrange flights to either Nanjing or Harbin for the next day.
Around twenty of the 40 passengers booked on the new flight to Nanjing refused to board, however, instead demanding the company compensate them for the delay.
When no one responded, they took to the tarmac. “Since no one was coming up to solve our problem, we decided to rush to the runway,” said one of the passengers on his Weibo account.
The move prevented an incoming Etihad Airways flight arriving from the United Arab Emirates from entering the terminal, airport officials said.
The airline later agreed to compensate the passengers 1,000 RMB each, but for the angry passengers, that payment could be too little, too late. Police said today that the passengers’ behavior violated the security regulation of China’s civil aviation. An investigation into the incident has been opened, and appropriate punishments have already been handed down to the errant passengers.
Image via german.china.org.cn.