An Air China flight was on its way to Hainan earlier today when it was forced to turn around mid-flight after an argument between two passengers escalated into a bloody brawl.
Netizens on board the ill-fated flight exposed the incident online. One witness wrote that that the whole thing started when one passenger said to another, “Have you ever been on a plane before?” and threw a pillow into his neighbor’s face. That passenger responded with a punch that drew blood above his opponent’s eyebrow.
The situation apparently escalated from there, causing the pilot to decide to return to the Beijing airport one hour after takeoff. When the plane landed, police were waiting to take the two passengers away.
According to Eastday, the plane originally left the Beijing Capital International Airport at 6:20 a.m., and then again at 10:25 a.m., finally landing at Haikou at 1:38 p.m., 3 hours behind schedule.
Thanks to its “unique” weather conditions and interference from the military, China is already infamous for its flight delays, and unruly passengers only add to the annoying problem.
To combat this kind of behavior, the China National Tourist Administration released a list earlier this year of nine types of bad behavior that will get travelers thrown on a travel blacklist where they will be subject to limited services and perhaps even barred from air travel for one to two years.
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