Several Chinese Airlines Pushing for Passenger Blacklist
A recent string of incidents in China involving disruptive families and their children has resulted in some airlines pushing for a passenger blacklist.
General manager of China Eastern airline Ma Xulun spoke about why a blacklist system would be a welcomed change in the airline industry, via Jelisa Castrodale of RoadWarriorvoices.com:
“Such incidents have been rampant and the industry must take measures to prevent them from happening again. The Civil Aviation Administration of China has begun evaluating the blacklist system. I hope it is put in place very soon.”
The passenger blacklist discussion has been raised once again after two well-publicized incidents in the past two weeks on commercial airplanes in China.
Earlier this week, a Chinese couple and their baby were thrown off a Dragonair flight after forcing a delay of two-and-a-half hours, according to Damien Gayle The Daily Mail. The mother reportedly refused to close the door to the bathroom while cleaning her child, drawing complaints from other passengers. She also refused to stop cleaning her baby even after the “fasten seatbelts” sign was lit.
Last week featured a similar situation. In a separate report from Castrodale, an entire family was removed from a Cathay Pacific flight from Bangkok to Hong Kong when a toddler refused to take his seat for takeoff. The family also began arguing with the flight crew and other passengers, resulting in their removal from the plane. The flight was delayed 30 minutes.
While on the surface a passenger blacklist sounds like a feasible plan, there are major potential issues to be worked out about which offenses will get someone flagged from an airline and who is the ultimate judge of whether people make the list or not.
At the very least, let the recent incidents of families being thrown off planes be a lesson to all the parents out there; Have your children under control before entering a Chinese commercial aircraft.
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