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Chinese In-Flight Magazine Posts Racist Comments

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | September 08, 2016

Chinese In-Flight Magazine Posts Racist Comments

Photo: Air China 777-300ER Aircraft (Photo via Air China)

An article published in a Chinese airline’s in-flight magazine has caused a stir after it was discovered that it warned travelers to avoid London’s ethnic minority areas.

According to The Sun, the article was found in the “Wings of China” in-flight magazine which can be found on Air China planes. It was published in both Mandarin and English, and was originally spotted by Chinese journalist Haze Fan.

The article read, in part: “London is generally a safe place to travel, however precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people. We advise tourists not to go out alone at night, and females always to be accompanied by another person when travelling.”

In response, politicians—including London Mayor Sadiq Khan—are demanding an apology from the airline and want the comments removed from the magazine. China Air has yet to comment on the situation or calls to remove the wording from its magazine.

England is working hard to accommodate and entice Chinese visitors, with more than 270,000 travelers arriving from the Asian country in 2015, a 46 percent increase from the previous year.

In total, tourists from China spent $786 million in Britain last year, an increase of 18 percent from 2014. The British government is also trying to bring in more Chinese travelers with a multiple-entry visa program.

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