Chinese authorities said that the passengers who assaulted a flight attendant and threatened to bomb the plane on a Thai Air Asia flight from Bangkok to Nanjing would be severely punished.
The China National Tourism Administration said this weekend that the tourists “badly damaged the overall image of the Chinese people” with their antics. Flight FD 9101 on Friday was forced to turn around about 90 minutes after it took off from Bangkok when a female passenger threw a cup of steaming hot instant noodles on a flight attendant and her male companion threatened to blow up the plane, amid other madness. The passengers were reportedly angry after being told that they couldn’t sit together, although the flight attendant had ended up helping them change seats.
The male passenger later told police that they flight attendant was scalded ‘by accident’ during a dispute after he’d requested a receipt for the hot water.
The parties involved had discussed the situation and reached an “amicable conclusion,” Thai Air Asia Said. It’s unclear what type of punishment will be doled out, but the statement suggested that the tourists could be blacklisted.
The #noodlegate comes after a series of reports about bad behavior from Chinese travelers abroad, resulting in public service announcements and even President Xi Jinping himself reminding citizens in China to straighten up and fly right, damn it (Xi specifically remarked that his countrymen should quit eating so much instant noodles).