A large group of Chinese tourists stirred up a scene at an airport in Bangkok over the weekend when they decided to protest a delayed flight by bursting into a noisy rendition of China’s national anthem.
The impromptu display of nationalism was triggered when around 260 Chinese passengers at the Don Muang Airport learned that their Orient Thai Airlines flight back to Chongqing, initially scheduled to take off at 5:40 p.m. on Friday, would be delayed until 3:00 a.m. the next day due to bad weather and maintenance issues.
A video uploaded online shows as the disgruntled passengers at the boarding gate choose to vent their anger by sort of singing—but mostly just screaming in unison—to the tune of “March of the Volunteers”.
According to ejinsight.com, airport staff brought the passengers food and offered to book hotels for them, but many said no.
“While some accepted the hotel accommodations arranged by the airline, some refused and demanded an additional 1,000-yuan ($157), a public apology from the airline and a Boeing 747 to send them home” a passenger said in a Global Times report.
The customers demanding compensation also rebuked those who accepted the airliner’s arrangements, and accused their tour guide of being a “national traitor”.
The Chongqing tourism bureau ended up blacklisting 33 people who refused to embark. The plane eventually took off at 6:00 a.m. without them, and they took another flight home later that night.