Chinese passenger detained after refusing to leave first class, injuring stewardess

By Ryan Kilpatrick, December 19, 2014

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A passenger on board China Southern CZ814 from Hefei, Anhui to Guangzhou was detained for five days earlier this week upon arrival at the flight's destination. 

The passenger, surnamed Xia, took a seat in the first class cabin when he boarded the aircraft rather than his assigned seat in economy. Xia then took his shoes and socks off and aired his feet off on the seat in front of him, emitting a noxious odor that inflamed every nostril in the cabin.

When a flight attendant surnamed Lin asked him to return to his seat, he reportedly screamed at and insulted her and refused to leave. Xia then wandered the cabin freely, "treating it as his own home." Even during ascent and landing brushed off protestations from cabin crew and made full use of the kitchen and toilet. 

At meal time, he lashed out at Lin again, grabbing and bruising her arm.

After arriving at Guangzhou Baiyun Airport, Xia was apprehended by officers from the airport public security bureau, and detained for five days on charges of disturbing public order. 

This is  the latest of a string of incidences in the last week involving disorderly conduct by mainland Chinese passengers aboard aircraft at home and abroad. Chinese tourists threw hot water at a Thai stewardess and threatened to blow up their plane late last week; a man opened the overwing emergency exit to "get a breath of fresh air" as his plane was about to take off this Monday; and Hong Kong-bound passengers were involved in a mid-flight brawl on Wednesday.

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