A passenger chugged an entire bottle of expensive cognac after airport security officials wouldn’t let her carry it onboard the plane, resulting in her becoming incoherently drunk and, well, unable to board the plane.
The passenger, a woman in her 40s surnamed Zhao, had purchased a bottle of Rémy Martin XO Excellence at a US airport and carried it in her handbag, according to an SCMP report. While transferring to a domestic flight at the Beijing Capital International Airport on August 21 at around noon, she was stopped by security officials, as passengers in China aren’t allowed to bring more than 100ml of liquids in their carry-on bags.
Not wanting to waste the 700ml bottle of fine cognac, which sells for around 200 USD, Zhao guzzled down the contents of the bottle.
After consuming the 80 proof liquor, Zhao became drunk. Violently drunk. She was seen rolling around on the floor and shouting at the boarding gate for her Wenzhou-bound flight.
“She was so drunk… she couldn’t even stand up herself. We took her to a room in a wheelchair so she could rest,” one security officer was quoted as saying in a local media report.
The passenger, who was traveling alone, was not allowed onboard the plane for obvious reasons. She woke up hours later and made her way home, presumably ordering some in-flight hair of the dog to ease the pain a bit.
Zhao is not the first passenger to make headlines for her pre-flight chugging. In June, two men were spotted finishing a large bottle of “aphrodisiac wine” after clerks wouldn’t allow them to bring it through the the security check at an airport in Guangzhou.
“We both can drink like a fish, but we’re afraid of wasting the aphrodisiac! We won’t bring this kind of stuff any more. If we do, we will register it as checked baggage,” one of the passengers said after the deed was done.
In response, one web user commented on a CCTV News article that “airport security has turned it into a practice of dispossessing people of their valuables.”
…and their core socialist values, apparently.
[Airport image credit: kozumel]