Last updated: 02:00 PM ET, Tue August 25 2015

Chinese Woman Pounds Entire Bottle of Cognac at Airport

Impacting Travel | Donald Wood | August 25, 2015

Chinese Woman Pounds Entire Bottle of Cognac at Airport

It's one thing to ease pre-flight jitters with cocktail or two, but one woman in China went a little overboard, finishing off a whole bottle of liquor after she wasn’t allowed to take it onboard as a carry-on last Friday.

In a report from Naomi Ng of the South China Morning Post, a woman with the surname Zhao attempted to board her flight at Beijing Capital International Airport, when she was told by airport officials that she wasn’t allowed to take her $200 bottle of Rémy Martin XO Excellence Cognac on the flight because it was more than 100 ml.

Zhao—who is reportedly around 40 years old—decided that the liquor she bought in the United States should not go to waste, so she drank the whole bottle by herself. The woman was found yelling and rolling on the floor at a boarding gate at the airport when police officers arrived at the scene.

The captain of the flight from Beijing to Wenzhou Longwan International Airport would not allow the clearly inebriated Zhao to take the flight due to his concern that since she was traveling alone, she could do potential harm to herself or someone else.

A responding officer told, “She was so drunk… she couldn’t even stand up herself. We took her to a room in a wheelchair so she could rest.”

Several hours of sleep were exactly what Zhao needed, and she awoke to thank the authorities who took care of her while she was drunk. Police contacted her family, and she was picked up from the airport a short time later.

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