On February 19, Mr Yan Linkun, a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), arrived at Kunming Changshui International Airport with his wife and two sons. They checked in for their 1105am flight to Guangzhou in plenty of time. They then ate breakfast. When they arrived at their gate for their flight, they were too late so the airline switched them to the 1pm flight.
The family then missed the last call for that flight. This is what happened next:
This next video is from another direction with sound. Apparently the passenger is saying:“I originally booked a first class [ticket]…. What do you mean, huh?! What do you mean, huh?! I originally booked a first class [ticket]…. You’re really bullying me…. And not just once?! You’re really taking advantage of me. Hai! Hurry up and open the door!… Hai, how can you be like this? Really browbeating me!… First class….”
The passenger has been suspended from his job and faces possible criminal charges. He has also become the face of air rage globally. In an apology to the airport’s deputy manager he said: My irrational actions and rudeness have caused some losses to the airport as well as bad effects to the public, so I sincerely apologize to the airport and public…I am willing to compensate.”.
In a country where “loss of face” is the ultimate embarrassment, Mr Linkun may have already served his punishment.