A Chinese woman has been detained in Singapore after flying into a rage at the city’s airport, throwing a sign at one airline worker and hitting her in the face.
33-year-old Chang Lihui arrived at the Changi Airport late on the night of June 11th to collect her Singapore Airlines (SIA) ticket. At the counter, she handed over her passport and the credit card she had used to purchase the ticket to a SIA staff member.
However, the worker, surnamed Chan, noticed that the information on the passport was different from that on the credit card. Chang explained that the credit card belonged to a family member; however, she was not able to verify who that person was or if they had consented to the purchase.
Chan explained that without that person’s approval, she was not able to hand over the boarding pass.
After hearing that Chang flew into a rage and began verbally assaulting the airline worker. Another staff member tried to intervene, telling Chang that without any proof she could not get a boarding pass.
But simply hearing this a second time did not help to calm Chang’s mood and she began to become more threatening. As the worker tried to call her supervisor, Chang angrily picked up a sign and hurled it towards the woman, striking her right in the face and drawing blood.
The next day, Chang was arrested at her hotel. A psychiatrist diagnosed her with schizophrenia, but added that she was of sound mind when the incident occurred.
On Monday, Chang was sentenced to 24 days in jail for her airport tantrum. Perhaps when she returns to China, she’ll be added to the travel blacklist, as well.
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