Attention travelers: unruly behavior on China's trains can now result in a temporary ban from buying tickets thanks to tough new rules.
Bad behavior includes smoking in non-smoking areas, riding without a ticket, obstructing train doors and selling fake tickets, according to Shine. The ban also restricts offending passengers from using China's massive high-speed railway network, which now spans over 25,000 kilometers and covers 29 provinces and municipalities. The ban can result in penalties that last up to 180 days.
Those banned from buying tickets may even be named and shamed. Ticketing website 12306.cn and social credit platform creditchina.gov.cn will publish the names of misbehaving passengers on the first working day of each month. Those who find their names listed on the site can file a dispute within seven days.
The new measures also affect passengers who have been prosecuted for previous offenses. Those who have been charged with tax and finance-related crimes will be forbidden from boarding G trains, soft sleeper sections on any trains and the first class section of D trains within a year of the travel ban going into effect. However, their names will be removed from the blacklist once all legal fines have all been paid up.
Bad behavior certainly isn't limited to China's trains — airlines are also commonly confronted with naughty passengers. Just look at the time one man opened the emergency exit to ‘get a breath of fresh air,’ resulting in delays. Or the time a group of passengers opened the emergency exit on a delayed flight and escaped down a taxiway. Don't forget about the man who once tried to open the emergency exit after a drunken altercation with a stewardess.
We’re not sure what’s so tempting about an unopened emergency exit, but violating and disrupting flights in this manner will result in a similar ban, Sixth Tone reports.
The new policy went into effect on May 1.
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