Chinese passengers have an infamous reputation for misbehaving around airports. From assault to hacking, you name it, chances are, some Chinese tourist has committed the crime.
To combat this, two months ago, the China National Tourist Administration released list of 9 types of behavior that would get one added to a “blacklist,” which was developed by the China Air Transport Association. The blacklist will ban one from traveling for one or two years.
However, this doesn’t seem to be have been enough.
The Civil Aviation Administration of China amended the Civil Aviation Law, proposing a hefty fine of up to 50,000 RMB ($7,500) for 14 types of illegal behavior that will endanger public safety, Sina reports. Though most rules are quite straightforward, it does include an odd one about cellphones.
1) No using phones or other electronic devices during the entire flight. But how will people record videos of brawls now?
2) No smoking on the plane.
3) Don’t occupy seats that aren’t yours.
4) Don’t block channels and gates.
5) No breaking into airports and planes.
6) No beating crew and other workers.
7) No fighting.
8) No causing trouble.
9) No bringing weapons or firearms.
10) No falsifying dangerous situations.
11) No spreading false hazards or rumors.
12) No vandalism.
13) No opening the emergency exit
14) Don’t forcibly enter the cabin.
The rules and regulations aren’t all placed on the passengers. The amended draft also requires aviation companies to take extra measures to ensure flight safety and to care for passengers’ interests.
Netizens aren’t so happy about the amendments, particularly the one regarding cellphones.
“How about if a flight is delayed, the airline should be penalized and give each person 500 RMB?” @流河旱树2011 wrote.
“This new law is retarded. I’ve been on planes where there is WIFI, how do you explain that?!” @哎呦哥哥Hey你好 wrote.
“Phone are allowed on international flights, why are domestic authorities so uptight about this?” @晨曦和尚 wrote.
Sorry, guess you’ll have to catch that flying Charizard on Pokémon Go elsewhere!
By Sarah Lin