It’s safe to say that most people prefer the window seat on a plane. You get the view, control of the shade and most importantly, you never have to worry about those little drink carts bumping into your elbow as the flight attendants scoot them down the aisle. But one man flying with Shanghai Airlines yesterday was so determined to get that damn window seat, he was willing to fight for it until getting pulled off the plane in cuffs.
According to a post on Weibo, the man boarded Guangzhou-bound flight FM9311 at Hongqiao Airport and picked a window seat that he fancied rather than the one assigned to him. Flight attendants told him to go back to his assigned seat, and so did ground staff. It was of no use. He attempted to reason with the crew that seats should be on a first-come-first-serve basis like on buses. Yeah.
Annoyed passengers went off on the man and demanded that he be removed from the plane. Eventually, officers from the Hongqiao Airport police station came to take him off in handcuffs. Meanwhile, the plane, which was meant to take off at 5:30 p.m., ended up being delayed nearly two hours.
It’s said that the man is a PhD research candidate with the department of computer science at Tongji University, although we can’t independently verify this.
Unfortunately (and as you may well know by now), this is just the most recent in a spate of incidents involving unruly passengers on board various Chinese airlines.
It must be something in the air.