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China Airlines to Ban ‘Rowdy’ Passengers


Five leading airlines of China have joined forces and are going to ban unruly passengers who have become a constant problem for the country’s flourishing air travel market. According to BBC, China Eastern, Air China, China Southern, Hainan Airlines and Spring Air confirmed that they would share the details of rowdy passengers and blacklist them.

In the past few years the aviation market in China is growing rapidly. The outbound travelers have broken the 100 million mark in 2014 for the very first time, reported The Straits Time. The report also stated that the country is going to outdo United States as the largest passenger market by 2034.

However, along with the growth long delays have also become a part of the operation.  This usually prompt some passengers to behave in an unruly way in frustration and maybe even retaliation. With the rising number of reports of Chinese travelers behaving badly,  the Chinese government announced that it would ban misbehaving passengers.

Last year in September 30 Chinese tourists vented their frustration by singing the national anthem and refusing to board a flight in Bangkok. The Chinese tourist authorities had blacklisted the passengers because of their “uncivilized behavior”.

Zhang Wuan, Spring Air’s marketing Chief confirmed, “We have come up with our own list already. It includes those who beat up our staff, refuse to get on the plane or block the exit.”

China Topix reported that the new regulations issued by the China Air Transport Association would be implemented starting on 1 February and the blacklisted travellers would remain in the list for two years.

China National Tourism Administration (NTA) confirmed that Chinese tourists who would be involved in “acting antisocially in public transports, damaging private or public property, disrespecting local customs, sabotaging historical exhibits or engaging in gambling or pornographic” will be blacklisted.

NTA also stated that the blacklist will be used as database of Chinese travelers who commit offences in foreign lands. The information about these blacklisted passengers will be shared with police, custom officials as well as with different banks.

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