Thai Flight Turned Back Due to Unruly Chinese Couple, Reactions


From NetEase:

Two Chinese Passengers on a Plane Insult Stewardess Causing Flight to Turn Back to Bangkok

December 12th early morning, netizen “主持人张潇” [“Presenter Zhang Xiao”] published a microblog post saying two Nanjing travelers insulted a stewardess aboard a plane, resulting in the Bangkok-to-Nanjing flight turning back to Bangkok halfway into the flight. Police directly boarded the plane to arrest them, in an incident characterized as “embarrassing oneself [collectively all Chinese] even abroad”.

ThePaper ( confirmed through multiple channels that Flight FD9101 schedule to depart at 6:30pm on the 11th from Thailand’s Bangkok to Nanjing Lukou International Airport had indeed turned back mid-flight returning to Thailand.

The identity of the real-name verified user “主持人张潇” is that of an television anchor for Thailand’s MGTV Chinese-language television channel and ASEAN Satellite TV’s ASEAN News. The information he posted on Weibo says, on the 11th, that after Thailand’s Flight FD9101 from Bangkok to Jiangsu province Nanjing city took off, “passengers on the the flight got into a fight, with flight crew unable to control the situation”, and thus they turned back to Bangkok.

Netizen “主持人张潇” reshared a Weixin [WeChat] post by a passenger on board about the incident, saying the two trouble-making passengers were over 20 years old, a couple, and that the incident originated with the two passengers not being seated together and yelling for the female flight attendant to help them [figure out a way to be seated together]. The stewardess managed to get them seats together, but they were all very unhappy in the process. Then, when the stewardess began serving dinner, the female passenger took our her own instant noodles, went to the stewardess to ask for boiled water, and for some reason, “the female passenger threw the prepared instant noodles at the stewardess.” After that, the male passenger threatened to bomb the plane, was admonished by multiple people, while the female passenger threatened to “jump out of the plane”. The plane then turned back, whereupon police took them away.

However, the details described above have yet to be confirmed by the airline. With regards to the identities of the two “trouble-making” passengers, it is at present unclear. However, netizen “主持人张潇” posted information claiming the two trouble-making passengers were from Anhui and the male passenger of the two is surnamed Feng.

A Nanjing Lukou International Airport employee told ThePaper that information in their systems show that this flight was scheduled to take off at 6:30pm on the 11th but was delayed because of passengers, ultimately taking off at 11:50pm, and had arrived in Nanjing at 3:10am today (12th).

Comments from NetEase (1 & 2):

lanbeimorong [网易辽宁省沈阳市网友]:

Losing face [for Chinese people] abroad. No matter who was wrong, couldn’t you have exercised some restraint? Aren’t there enough [Chinese people] going abroad to various countries in the world and doing things deserving of censure as it is? Even hotel bathrooms, where nothing happens when anyone else uses them, but when certain people from a certain country uses them, suddenly the toilet paper all disappears.

qlqy1967 [网易吉林省长春市网友]:

Too used to being arrogant/unbridled — the headstrong that comes with being a government official or rich?

别说我是新人 [网易黑龙江省大庆市网友]:

How can a society without a fair environment and without moral convictions foster citizens with an awareness for public ethics?

amdk61 [网易上海市网友]:

Leaders [government officials] have always behaved like this.

0伟大的地瓜0 [网易北京市网友]:

I really don’t want to say “such ugly people”, but can our countrymen

simonjilong [网易福建省厦门市网友]:

Talk about embarrassing, can we please be more civilized when going abroad! Just what kind of people are going abroad!

无人相伴 [姿势帝]:

The man is mad, the woman crazy.

中国百姓之一 [网易辽宁省沈阳市网友]:

How do such people with such low characters manage to go abroad? China’s face [reputation] is all lost by these kinds of people.

网易江苏省徐州市网友 ip:180.123.*.*

Looks like the man here “hit the plane” in reality and made himself impotent. This SB couple, just couldn’t control themselves… big headed doctor…

tradn1 [网易天津市网友]:

This is easy to deal with. Didn’t he say he wanted to blow up the plane? Just execute him as a terrorist once he goes back!

撸先进 [网易湖南省郴州市网友]:

We can now solemnly proclaim to the world:

Rich people of China stand up!

yaosq yaosq [网易浙江省嘉兴市网友]:

Several hundreds of thousands [of RMB] for the jet fuel wasted in the roundtrip, expenses for the flight crew, airport ground handling charges, compensation to passengers for the delayed flight, extra expenses for adding a flight~~~ all calculated it could be nearly a million in compensation, enough to travel around the world. That’ll be fun for this pair of clowns/buffoons.

网易北京市朝阳区网友 ip:221.219.*.*

Indeed a pair of ridiculous clowns/buffoons! Such ridiculousness, and rarely at that. Forget sentencing them to prison, just have them cover the collective losses of all the passengers for the delay.

肉蒲 [网易湖北省孝感市网友]:

An embarrassment yet again caused by ordinary common people without character, right? Ordinary children of government officials or the rich are all prim and proper. It must be. [Note: This is sarcasm.]

崬苝荖莰 [网易广东省东莞市网友]:

This is too speechless. If you have the money to go traveling abroad, would you still be concerned with a few kuai for utensils… Most likely a bunch of unscrupulous businessmen and nouveau riche. So tragic.

网易安徽省合肥市网友 ip:36.63.*.*

Have the two immediately executed. Talk about embarrassing Chinese people.

interaction8 [网易广东省广州市海珠区网友]:

Fortunately it was a Thai airline, as the Thai police won’t be interfered with by various connections passing them messages or putting in a word. If it were within China, I bet all sorts of influence would be used to interfere, such as [government] authority or money and such evil influence that would complicate the entire matter.

跟贴区和谐一片时说违心话 [网易澳大利亚网友]:

The lasting evil of the Cultural Revolution. Only fearing the bullet, without regard for law or morality.

大啖狗粉爹妈肉 [网易日本网友]:

This is the external manifestation of China’s 5000 years of civilization and decorum, what do you people fucking know?

网易广东省深圳市网友 ip:222.125.*.*

Just bury them in Thailand. Don’t ship them back!

Comments from Sina:


When traveling abroad, pay attention to your words, behavior, and bearing! Being a little modest/yielding isn’t going to cost you anything, so don’t lose face [embarrass] for Chinese people! We must fix China’s image in the world!


Civilized habits/behavior are nurtured and cultivated from a civilized environment, so an environment that runs counter to being civilized can only train vulgar and rude people. Our countrymen domestically should cultivate a habit of being yielding, making the habit a norm, and only then will it be that no matter where you go, your behavior will be magnanimous and naturally favorable, and the impression you give others will be that of someone who is civilized and of high character.


This kind scum embarrasses people wherever they go, completely embarrassing our countrymen. The criminal law should enact a statute that if someone embarrasses the country abroad, they should be charged with the crime of harming the country’s image, sentenced to 5 years [in jail], and never to leave the country again.


The characters of people like this really is unbelievably poor, completely embarrassing themselves on an international flight, completely embarrassing their countrymen.


To be so arrogant/demanding even when taking a budget airline, talk about embarrassing [Chinese people] abroad.


What a blow to our countrymen’s image. Please don’t say you are Chinese.


Deal with them in accordance with local laws. Those without character should avoid leaving their homes.


It isn’t enough to embarrass themselves in their own country, they have to go abroad to embarrass themselves, talk about lack of character!


Human scum.


This kind of human scum should be put to death.

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