Another week, another brawl on an airplane in China.
This time the fracas occurred inside the cabin of a Hainan Airlines flight awaiting departure from Beijing Capital International Airport early on Sunday morning. The flight had already been waiting for some time, it was originally scheduled to take off at 9:50 p.m. on Saturday night to Xi’an, but had been rescheduled to depart at 3:00 a.m. on Sunday for unspecified reasons, the Beijing Times reports.
At around 1:30 a.m., one female passenger couldn’t take it any longer. Furious at the long delay, she went after one of the flight staff. Several other travelers tried to stop her and things seemed to have escalated from there.
The end result was that the plane returned to the terminal, where police got on board and escorted five rowdy passengers off the plane. Afterward, the plane made its rescheduled departure time with a few less travelers on board.
Short video clips of the scuffle have gone viral online. While Beijing police say that the five passengers have successfully resolved their dispute, netizens aren’t satisfied and want to see these people blacklisted.
Watch a clip of the scuffle below:
And police arriving on the plane:
Yet again, these five passengers would seem to be guilty of the first “don’t” on a recently-released list of nine types of bad behavior that will get travelers thrown on the travel blacklist. Hainan Airlines is one of five leading domestic airlines that signed a joint statement earlier this year promising to blacklist unruly passengers, where they will be subject to limited services and perhaps even barred from air travel for one to two years.
On the blacklist, they could join the two guys who assaulted the cabin crew on another Hainan Airlines flight after being denied a free upgrade to first class or the angry passenger that left a Shenzhen airport clerk lying in a pool of her own blood, both these incidents occurred just last week.
Most often, these airport scuffles result from delays. Chinese airports are notorious for not running on time. In fact, a government report released earlier this month found that nearly one-third of Chinese flights were delayed. That number is even worse at Beijing’s main airport.
Still, some passengers seem unable to adapt even as delays become the routine. Though at least nobody faked having a bomb on board this time around.
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