China’s dreaded blacklist of uncivilized tourists continues to grow with the addition of three more names that won’t be traveling abroad to cause China any more shame any time soon.
The blacklist was developed last year by The China Air Transport Association, in an effort to deter misbehaving mainland tourists from tarnishing their country’s proud reputation abroad. Tourists are placed on the blacklist for one to two years, during which time they are banned from flying overseas. Let’s meet the three latest honorees, via SCMP:
1) A tourist surnamed Qiao, who refused to put away his tablet computer while the plane was about to land, despite being warned by flight attendants. He was fined 200 yuan.
2) A man surnamed Deng, who was found to be carrying milk in his handbag at a security checkpoint. Not so bad, right? Well, he is also accused of throwing the milk at security staff and the X-ray machine. He was detained for 10 days.
3) A tourist surnamed Gao, who pushed an airline employee to the ground while arguing about a flight delay. He was also fined 200 yuan.
These three proud travelers join their dishonored patriots in China’s blacklist of shame. Last year, 15 badly-behaved tourists were placed on the blacklist, including those who forced open emergency exit doors on planes, belted out the Chinese national anthem in a Thai airport and poured steaming hot noodles on an unfortunate Air Asia flight attendant.
Though, we got to admit, these new inductees are a bit bland, especially considering that in the last few months, we have had not one but two tourists open emergency exits on planes — one for a breath of fresh air, another mistaking it for the bathroom. Not to mention, those tourists who scrapped in a Japanese airport over a trolley or that lady who threw a giant tantrum on a flight after being denied an upgrade to first class.