A tour group from Zhejiang province refused to hand over 30 sets of stainless steel cutlery on a Singapore Airlines (SIA) flight, according to the Qianjiang Evening News.
Following the in-flight meal, all 30 members of the group — which was touring Thailand, Malaysia, and Singapore — promptly put the stainless steel knives and forks provided in their hand luggage, figuring “Hey, free gift!”
After flight attendants tried to retrieve the cutlery the tourists refused to hand them over, arguing that they’d heard from people who had flown SIA in the past that it was okay to keep the posh tableware.
It was only when the group’s tour guide told them they were “hurting the reputation of the Chinese people” that the wannabe cutlery thieves gave in and the matter was resolved.
The tourists also reportedly created a scene at the boarding gate when, due to the airline not issuing seat numbers, they attempted to “queue” using their luggage to ensure they were among the first people to board the plane.
When airport staff attempted to board elderly passengers and those with small children first — as is common practice — the tourists reportedly caused chaos, refusing to risk losing their seats to some lazy pregnant woman who hadn’t even bothered to use her bag to “reserve” her seat.
Wang Yang must be furious.