4 Chinese Tourists Added to Blacklist After Bangkok Airport Ruckus
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A lengthy flight delay compelled four Chinese tourists to cause a scene at Bangkok’s airport, and the fallout from the incident has them “named and shamed” in a blacklist by the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), according to an Associated Press report.
The four troublemakers were part of a larger group from China whose flight back to the homeland was delayed eight hours until 3 a.m. Once the aircraft showed up, they would not board unless compensation demands were satisfied. The four then broke into the Chinese national anthem, and as the AP put it, touched off “hooting, shouts and general chaos in the departure lounge.”
A cell phone clip of the outburst made the rounds on the Internet in China, leading to a CNTA investigation. The agency announced Saturday that the foursome would be added to the list, joining others accused of “uncivilized behavior,” the AP said.
The CNTA said in a statement, via the AP, the four "incited other travelers to disrespect public order in the airport, spoke and acted hysterically, seriously harm(ing) the image of Chinese travelers abroad." The AP said their names will stay on the blacklist for between two and three years.
Placement on this list doesn’t prevent the four from flying, the AP noted, but airlines and travel agencies can consult the roster of names, and have the option to refuse service. A public document, the AP said, it can also be seen by police, customs and border security agents, banks and others issuing credit.
The AP said 11 names, including these latest, have been added since the blacklist was officially established this past April.
Increased incomes and inexpensive flights have allowed a record number of Chinese citizens to travel abroad, according to the AP. But a raft of bad behavior by foreign and domestic travelers compelled the CNTA to establish the list.
The four Chinese travelers who caused the brouhaha in Bangkok join a couple who poured hot water-laden instant noodles on a flight attendant, an individual who opened emergency doors during a delay on a domestic flight, and a man who climbed onto statues of revolutionary heroes to have his picture taken, as described by the AP.
This is the footage that led to the latest blacklisting:
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