A Japanese passenger caught smoking inside a toilet on a China Southern Airlines flight delayed their scheduled departure time from 2 o’clock on Saturday afternoon to 8 o’clock that night.
One of the passengers, surnamed Han, told reporters that he suspected the man had been smoking 30 minutes before flight CZ3557 was scheduled to depart from Shenzhen’s airport. After the man came out of the toilet, he smelled like cigarettes and the small restroom was filled with smoke. Han immediately reported him.
The Japanese travler admitted to smoking in the toilets and his matches, which he snuck in, were confiscated by the cabin crew.
After six hours of delay, Han and some other passengers demanded that the man publicly apologize over the loud speakers. Han told reporters, “It’s the least he can do. No matter what language he apologizes in, Japanese, English or Chinese”. The pilot, however, wouldn’t allow it.
The Japanese passenger was reportedly released after he wrote an apology letter at the police station when they landed in the Pudong International Airport.
It’s unclear how he managed to bring his matches through security at the Shenzhen airport and why the smoke detectors in the bathroom didn’t go off. However, this isn’t the first time passengers had managed to sneak their cigs on board. Another smoking incident occurred on China United Airlines, when six passengers were caught smoking during a layover on a flight from Chengdu to Beijing.
[Images via video on Travel.China//China Southern Airlines]
By Sharon Choi