Another two lucky Chinese travelers are destined for the national blacklist after punching flight crew members in the face for denying them a free upgrade to first-class.
On Sunday, the cabin crew on a Hainan Airlines flight from Taiyuan to Chongqing confronted two passengers who were sitting in first-class seats, but holding only economy-class tickets. According to The Beijing Times, crew members asked them to pay the fare difference or give up the seats.
The two men refused either option and instead became aggressive toward the flight crew. A fight broke out, during which four crew members and a police officer assigned to the flight were injured. The plane was forced to return to the terminal so that more security could arrive and put a stop to the brawl. As a result, the flight was delayed for two hours.
Hainan Airlines released a statement, disapproving of the way that their crew members had been treated by passengers and asking for “more understanding and respect for people in service jobs and for civilized behavior in the cabin.” The airline also requested that the two violent passengers be put on the national travel blacklist, SCMP reported.
These two men are clearly guilty of the first “don’t” on a recently-released list of nine types of bad behavior that will get travelers thrown on the national blacklist. Once on the dreaded blacklist, travelers will be barred from leaving China for two years, though it could stay on their record for up to five years, depending on the severity of the violation.
In the past, being denied an upgrade to first-class has caused passengers to throw temper tantrums in the aisles, but at least they were willing to pay.
By Katie Ngai
[Images via The Beijing Times]