It was only a few weeks ago that a Chinese national, aboard a Xiamen Airlines flight, had the brilliant idea to open one of the emergency exit doors to get some fresh air. Now comes another report of passengers opening doors on a China Eastern flight. This was how they chose to protest a lengthy snow and de-icing delay.
Indeed, there have been enough incidents involving the Chinese and airlines (CNN relays the long list here) that last year the government issued a traveling etiquette document trying to turn their citizens into civilized tourists. Apparently some didn’t get the memo because problems like this appear to be on the rise.
In addition to the infrequent air travel of most Chinese citizens, no doubt adding to the problem is the matter of lengthy delays at many airports around the country.
Here’s a travel tip if you are flying on one of the many Chinese airlines: Don’t sit near an exit row unless you really really like lots of fresh air.