China’s National Tourism Administration has blacklisted four Chinese tourists for an embarrassing incident last Friday at a Bangkok airport where they decided to protest a delayed flight home by shouting out China’s national anthem for all the airport to hear.
The four were part of a group tour of around 260 Chinese tourists and were accused of “behaving badly, inciting other tourists to disrespect public order in the airport, speaking and acting hysterically and seriously harming the image of Chinese tourists abroad,” according to a statement released by the tourism administration office.
The impromptu display of nationalism was triggered when the 260 passengers at the Don Muang Airport learned that their Orient Thai Airlines flight back to Chongqing, initially scheduled to take off at 5:40 p.m. last Friday, would be delayed until 3:00 a.m. the next day due to bad weather and maintenance issues.
A video circulated online showed the disgruntled passengers at the boarding gate choosing to vent their anger by sort of singing—but mostly just screaming in unison—to the tune of “March of the Volunteers,” prompting a thorough investigation by the China National Tourist Administration.
According to the investigation, the names of the four tourists who were all from Sichuan and Chongqing will remain on the blacklist for between two and three years.
In May of this year, China’s National Tourism Administration also made news by blacklisting four misbehaving tourists on its official website in order to curb inappropriate behavior by Chinese tourists whilst traveling.
By Lucy Liu