Chaos ensued at central Zhengzhou’s Xinzheng International Airport in Henan yesterday, the end of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday, when over two thousand travelers’ flights were cancelled because of snowy weather, Henan Business Daily reported.
According to SCMP, passengers who had been waiting at the airport for several became unruly to the point of violent, even turning against airline staff. One airport coordinator said that she was attacked by a woman who broke into her office and poured a soda on her head.
Disgruntled passengers, many of whom had been grounded in Henan city since Wednesday, were apparently eager to board their flight on Thursday, the last day of the week-long Lunar New Year break. So eager, in fact, that many vented their frustration and anger by attacking airline staff and vandalising airport facilities […]
Yang Li, a worker of China Southern Airlines, told the Daily that the airlines had done their best to arrange hotel accommodation for the waiting passengers. Yet many had failed to arrive in time for boarding when their flight was finally ready to leave.
“There were not enough seats and passengers had to sit on their luggage eating instant noodles. The airport staff were indifferent and said ‘I don’t know’ to questions asked of them,” Henan radio reported on its microblog.
Airport workers posted photos of the damage to Weibo. “Passengers have gone nuts … they’ve destroyed our counters and computers,” one said. “We’ve been working for 24 hours and we dare not go out fearing we might be attacked.”
People’s Daily described the scene as a “riot”, and netizens called for the people who had attacked airline staff to be arrested.