China’s leading airlines are officially taking a stand against passengers behaving badly with plans to cooperate to more effectively blacklist offenders from ever getting off the ground.
The no-tolerance group comprises Air China, China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, and Spring Air. The Straits Times reports that marketing chief Zhang Wuan from the latter company revealed that many a name has already been collected on Spring Air’s part:
“We have come up with our own list already,” declared Zhang. “It includes those who beat up our staff, refuse to get on the plane or block the exit.”
Meanwhile, global airlines group IATA is pushing for the Montreal Protocol 2014, which would allow the companies compensation for costs incurred by the badly behaved.
China was revealed earlier this week to have been responsible for the largest group of outbound travelers in the world last year, and, of course, domestic travel ain’t looking too shabby either.
But with more business comes more mischief, and Chinese airlines have been dealing with troublemakers for long enough. Rather than letting Beijing handle all the dirty work for them, they are taking action. Perhaps this promised holy union of the mainland’s aviation leaders will spark a significant change. Perhaps not.