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Angry travelers rush out onto airport taxiway

By Wang Hongyi  (China Daily)

08:29, April 12, 2012

About 20 passengers who were dissatisfied with the compensation offered for a delayed flight rushed onto the taxiway at the Shanghai Pudong International Airport at noon on Wednesday.

The passengers were among the 161 passengers who took a Shenzhen Airlines flight from Shenzhen to Harbin with a stop in Nanjing on Tuesday.

But the flight landed in Shanghai at 8 pm due to bad weather in Nanjing, and was delayed again as Shanghai was hit by a thunderstorm.

After staying overnight at a nearby hotel, the passengers waited until the next morning to board a flight to Nanjing at 11 am on Wednesday.

However, some of the passengers were not satisfied with the compensation offered by the airline and refused to board the plane, the airport said in its notice.

The passengers then rushed to the nearby taxiway.

An Etihad Airways flight about 200 meters from the passengers was forced to stop on the taxiway.

The airport's control center sent staff to persuade the passengers to leave the taxiway and bring them to the terminal building.

Officials from the airport said the incident lasted about five minutes and didn't affect other flights.

According to Shenzhen Airlines, the company has reached an agreement with the delayed passengers and compensated them 1,000 yuan ($160) each. Sixty-nine passengers received the compensation.

"These fees were given as a transportation subsidy and compensation for mental damage," Li Weiqi, press officer from Shenzhen Airlines, told China Daily.

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PD User at 2012-04-13221.127.45.*
This is called lawlessness, and such incidents are not isolated by any means. I have experience of similar occurrences during my travels. Oftentimes there are a few ring-leaders who lead frustrated followers in doing stupid things like blocking runways, or demand a change in aircrafts etc., acting as if its the mobs that run the airports. Basically, it has to do with the lack of civic sense among our populace. Ever seen the Japanese or Koreans behaving like our compatriots? We have much to learn our neighbours.

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