A passenger in a Shanghai flight bound for New York didn’t take too well to his request for an upgraded seat being denied.
In fact, the man surnamed Lu caused quite the scene on UA087 flight yesterday, first trying to sneak into first-class and then rushing around the plane shouting in a rage, drinking stolen champagne. Eventually, police were called in to escort Mr. Lu from the cabin. However, he seems to have other ideas, choosing instead to lie down in the middle of the aisle and refusing to be budged
The Paper reports that the struggle lasted more than a couple of minutes, but eventually police were able to get Lu off the plane. In the process, the man injured three of the officers with some kicks and was immediately detained.
According to NetEase, speculation online is that the man is a well-known professor at the Southwest University of Finance and Economics. So far, police haven’t confirmed his identity.
Lu becomes the latest in a long list of Chinese travelers that have had their difficulties with air travel. Just last week, one elderly Shaanxi woman snatched a life jacket from a Cathay Pacific flight as a souvenir.
Watch the video here, shot and uploaded onto YouTube by a fellow passenger:
And here is how he said it all went down:
Man decided to “upgrade” himself from economy to first class. He got caught multiple times and refused to identify himself to the crew, at one point even walking down the aisles drinking champagne that he stole from first class. The crew asks him to leave the plane and he refuses. Finally, the Chinese authorities arrive to drag him off the plane. However, they claim they are not allowed to handcuff someone that is mentally unstable (???). Finally, with the help of some passengers and plastic zip-tie cuffs provided by the crew, the man is carried off the plane kicking and screaming the entire way.