Chinese tourists are known for their tendency to take along bundles and bundles of instant noodles when traveling abroad, but one group of women from mainland China took things to the next level earlier this month, using an electric kettle to cook themselves some noodles as they waited for their flight in the Hong Kong airport.
In a video shared by Apple Daily, the group of women can be seen crowding around an electric kettle in the Hong Kong International Airport’s departure hall. After boiling the noodles, they happily begin their feast.
According to the passenger who filmed this scene at around 9 p.m. on June 10th, the women went on feasting and reveling for 40 minutes, apparently ignorant of all the disapproving glances from fellow travelers who were waiting for a flight to London. The passenger accused the women of misusing the departure hall’s outlets and breaking airport rules, though he did admit that they at least cleaned up after themselves when they were finished eating.
In response to the incident, airport authorities have said that the 1,000 power sockets inside the airport are there for passengers to use to charge their laptops or mobile devices. If someone is found using them improperly, they will be asked to unplug. If they refuse, they could face a HK$10,000 fine and three months of jail time.
This actually isn’t the first time that hungry Chinese travelers have caused a stir in Hong Kong’s airport. Back in 2015, one Shandong man was seen whipping out a rice cooker in the departure hall to prepare a meal, angering some locals.
However, that story had a happy ending. It turned out that the man was a migrant worker returning from Singapore who had missed his connection. “Lost in a strange land” he was brought something to eat and drink by some kind souls in Hong Kong.
“I didn’t know where to go. I’d really like to thank all these people from the bottom of my heart who gave me so much help,” Rice Cooker Bro said afterward.
[Images via Apple Daily]
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