Earlier today, one Chinese tourist in Taiwan reacted to a flight delay in just about the worst way imaginable.
The 27-year-old man surnamed Yu was just one of more than 30,000 passengers who have had their flights delayed in northern Taiwan thanks to torrential rains and thunderstorms that have wreaked havoc at Taiwan’s main airport, Taoyuan International Airport outside of Taipei.
While most travelers have merely grumbled about the delays, Yu apparently couldn’t bear it any longer. His plane was scheduled to depart on Thursday, but still hadn’t taken off by Friday morning. Tired of waiting, he claimed that there was a bomb in his luggage, Taiwan’s Central News Agency reports.
Airport police received a report at 10:20 a.m. that a passenger on Air China flight CA-186 to Beijing had told a crew member that there was a bomb in his luggage.
Not wanting to take any chances, the captain parked the plane and all the passengers were ordered to go through a security check once again along with their luggage. Afterward, Yu and his companions were interrogated by police.
Meanwhile, the plane was towed away and bomb disposal units were called in to investigate. Turns out, no bomb to be found.
A government report released earlier this week found that nearly one-third of Chinese flights were delayed. 29% of those were due to bad weather and another 20% were chalked up to unspecified “other reasons.”
[Images via CNA]