Another name might soon be added to the national travel blacklist. A woman in Wuhan was caught on camera assaulting an airport worker last Thursday after arriving 14 minutes late and being denied access to her flight to Paris. She has been detained for ten days and blacklisted by AirFrance.
The 36-year-old passenger surnamed Zhang, a doctoral student at a renowned Wuhan university, arrived at the gate with her husband and child. After being told the gate had closed and that she had to reschedule her flight, she barged behind the check-in counter and slapped the attendant several times while hurling insults at the woman until her husband intervened.
“I’m just five minutes late!” CGTN quotes her as screaming. You would have thought a PhD student could tell the difference between 5 and 14.
The woman was taken away by police and an aviation company affiliated to the airport is applying to add her to the domestic air blacklist as well, temporarily suspending her from flying with any Chinese airline, through the Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC).
Following the incident, authorities urged passengers to set aside enough time for boarding procedures and to stay calm when faced with unexpected problems. The company also vowed to protect the dignity and safety of its staff. Despite such measures, incidents like this one seem to happen again and again and again in China. Will the threat of being blacklisted be enough to keep unruly passengers in line? It hasn’t been so far.
Watch video of the incident below:
Soon after cooling down, the woman reportedly realized the gravity and stupidity of what she had done and how it could hurt her university and her future employment prospects, and wished that it would all go away in a few days.
However, the incident has instead become the talk of Chinese social media with one Weibo thread counting over 30,000 comments, the majority of which condemn the woman, calling for harsher punishment against her unruly ways.
“Put her on the global blacklist as well for three years. A one year ban on riding a high-speed train, three month ban on riding an ordinary bus and a year ban on riding the subway,” reads one of the top comments.
“This kind of person should be blacklisted from even renting a bike,” echoes another.
“As they say, a person’s quality has nothing to do with their qualifications,” another netizen concludes.
By Meghan Williams
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