Two Chinese passengers and an infant were kicked off a Dragonair flight at the Hong Kong International Airport on Saturday (Feb 28) after refusing to leave the toilet and return to their seats before take-off.
According to Chinese media reports, the boy was believed to be suffering from diarrhoea and a 33-year-old woman was cleaning the child’s discharge at the sink in the toilet without closing the door. As a result, a stench wafted through the cabin, drawing the ire of passengers.
Even though the “fasten seatbelt” sign was switched on, the woman and her partner, a 34-year-old man, refused to finish cleaning up the boy and return to their seats. The police were called in and the trio were escorted off the plane.
In a statement on Monday, Dragonair said the female passenger was ordered off the plane as her behaviour was deemed inappropriate, and attitude uncooperative.
The Beijing-bound flight, which was scheduled to depart at 3pm, eventually took off at 5.40pm, after the toilet was cleaned.
Saturday’s incident is the latest in a spate of reports of alleged bad behavior by Chinese travellers. Just last week, a family was kicked off a Cathay Pacific flight after their three-year-old son refused to wear a seatbelt.
A Shanghai Airlines flight was also delayed for nearly two hours after a man insisted on taking a window seat, saying that seats “should be on a first-come-first-serve basis like on buses”.