Who would ever be a Chinese flight attendant? As if the gruelling, borderline sexist interview process wasn’t bad enough, you have to deal with passengers who frequently attack staff both on and off planes.
Passengers at Shanghai Hongqiao airport brawled with staff and each other, according to eyewitness accounts, after more than 100 flights were cancelled and many others delayed across the city.
Shanghai Daily reports:
More than 1,000 passengers were stranded at the Pudong airport because of the weather. More passengers were stuck at the Hongqiao airport, where the storm was even stronger.
Shanghai-based China Eastern Airlines said at least 5,600 of its passengers were stranded after their flights were either canceled or delayed for more than four hours, said Yan Shuming, the carrier’s manager-on-duty at Hongqiao airport.
Nearly all flights on the Shanghai-Beijing route, one of the busiest routes in the country, were canceled or delayed. Only three flights on the route departed before 3pm yesterday, while another two took off around 4pm.
Meanwhile, in Hong Kong a Jiangsu couple were arrested after attacking Cathay Pacific ground crew.
After four hours of delay, the man approached Cathay gate staff, knocked computer equipment to the floor and threw his drink over two staffers who tried to stop him. His wife subsequently attacked police officers as they detained her husband, who was arrested on charges of criminal damage and assault.
The flight eventually took off at 6am on Saturday, 16 hours after it was scheduled to fly.
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