In total, 35 major international airports were tracked by FlightStats for the report, with only 28.72% of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport’s flights being on-time last month. The figure is even worst for Beijing Capital International Airport, where the on-time performance was a shocking 18.30%.
The situation isn’t much better in other parts of China. None of the country’s provincial airports (including Guangzhou, Kunming, Nanjing, Chengdu, Changsha and Urumqi) scored above 50%, reported FlightStats.
That might explain the unprecedented rise of ‘airport rage’ in China. And we’re not talking about minor little incidents here, but full-blown, violent examples that are injurious to health.
Just look at the photo on this page, taken at Terminal 2 of Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport following a recent clash between passengers and airline staff. Three people (including two men) were accused of assault. Flights were delayed as a result of extreme weather conditions.
"Beating up ground staff doesn't change the weather," stated a comment on the Sina Weibo microblog, where the photo of airline workers lying on the ground was posted. "Don't vent your anger on innocent people."
A video uploaded on LiveLeak.com a week ago (which you can watch below) seems to show this incident (or a similar one) ‘in action’.
Shocking behavior, isn’t it? Here’s another video uploaded onto LiveLeak.com this week:
This isn’t the first time I am reporting on ‘air rage’ in China. You might want to check out these two blog entries as well: Shocking video of airport rage incident in China goes viral and Passengers cheer as air hostess is attacked on flight… is air rage on the rise in China?
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