[UPDATE: 10/11] South Korea says story about Chinese women stuck at airport after plastic surgery is fake news
Over the Golden Week holiday, three Chinese women flew to South Korea to go under the knife; however, they’re having some trouble getting back home again after the operations went a bit too swell.
On Sunday, Jian Huahua, a Chinese TV anchor shared a photo on her Weibo account of the three women sitting at a South Korea airport, passports in hands, with their post-plastic surgery faces wrapped up in bandages and extremely swollen.
According to the Jian, the poor women looked so completely different from their passport photos that they were barred from taking their flight back home, detained and questioned by authorities. She joked that even their mothers wouldn’t recognize them.
It’s not clear if the women have yet been able to confirm their identity, but this incident likely won’t do much to help South Korea’s falling tourism numbers among Chinese travelers. It’s also not clear why officers were not able to try different methods of checking the women’s identities, like a fingerprint scan.
In the wake of this story going viral, a photo has been circulating on WeChat of four women with puffy, bandaged post-plastic surgery faces. The women do not appear to be the same as the ones stopped in the airport, but it’s hard to be sure.
In this image, they are more recognizable:
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