Last week, a woman on a domestic flight was actually punished after flagrantly ignoring China’s bizarre ban of mobile phones on flights.
On October 2nd, as a plane headed to Hangzhou was making its way to the runway at Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport, a woman pulled out her cell phone and made a call.
Promptly, she was told to put her phone away by cabin crew. However, the woman turned a deaf ear to the crew and continued on her with her call. It was only after repeated requests and warnings that she finally reluctantly relented and shut her phone off.
But the incident did not end there, as the woman then began making a scene, calling the flight crew “mental” and accusing them of scaring her. With the plane ready for take-off, cabin crew were forced to try to calm the woman down and get her back to her seat.
After the plane landed safely in Hangzhou a few hours later, she was detained by authorities for three days.
Using mobile phones on domestic flights was banned last year by the Civil Aviation Administration of China. While many have scoffed at the thought of airlines actually enforcing this rule on smartphone-obsessed Chinese passengers, there have been other arrests in the past of similarly insistent cell phone users.
Though there is talk that the ban will soon be lifted, it hasn’t been yet. Either way, you still won’t be able to make a call right before take-off.
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