25 Passengers Detained for Disturbing Take Off of Their Delayed Flight

Two plane passengers in Beijing decided it was a good idea to protest the airline after their flight had been delayed because of a snowstorm.

The two passengers waited till they got on the plane, and decided to open two emergency doors on the plane while it was taxiing. The plane had to abort its takeoff because of the incident.

A man who goes by the surname of Zhou opened three emergency doors after complaining about the delay and the lack of ventilation within the plane. His actions made the plane return to the gate, where Zhou, his tour guide, and twenty-three other passengers, who were also part of this tour group, were all held for questioning. The rest of the passengers were able to exit the plane, so they could board a new one.

According to Kunming Police, Zhou and his tour guide have been placed under 15-day administrative detention for opening the emergency doors on the plane.

Zhu Yun, a China Eastern maintenance man explained to CCTV that, “Opening those doors was extremely dangerous because there was nothing to protect passengers from the force of the engines,” he also went on to explain that the ventilation system within the plane was turned off because they were deicing, and did not want the fumes to enter the plane and be exposed to passengers and crew on board.

Incidents like this are actually very common throughout the world at airports, and continue to rise. When an airline is delaying a flight because of something like a snowstorm, people should be more understanding at the fact that the airline is, one; liable for taking off in unsafe conditions, and two; only thinking of the safety of the people boarding the plane. It is an inconvenient when you are traveling and plans have to get cancelled or meetings have to be delayed, but most of the people involved in these situations are adults, who should know that these types of actions would only lead to negative consequences.

Everyone involved in the incident in Beijing, has been placed on a “national uncivilized traveler record”, which will be sent out across the world, potentially disabling them to travel for an undisclosed amount of time.

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