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Chinese tourist detained after airport brawl in Jeju Airport in S. Korea

(People's Daily Online)    14:19, January 26, 2016
Chinese tourist detained after airport brawl in Jeju Airport in S. Korea

Tensions over flight delays at a South Korean airport erupted into anger when one stranded Chinese holidaymaker threw chairs in a check-in area, Global Times reported on Monday. According to the YTN of Korea, one Chinese tourist was detained after the airport brawl in Jeju Airport.

Jeju International Airport on South Korea's southernmost resort island resumed operations Monday after being shut down by heavy snow for some 45 hours, the local government said. Severe weather forced cancellations or delays to hundreds of flights at Jeju International Airport on Sunday and Monday, stranding more than 80,000 passengers, among which 1,400 slept in the airport, according to a report by Taiwan's Central News Agency.

Irritated by the delays, many Chinese passengers crowded around airline counters to complain, with one man throwing chairs behind staff in the luggage conveyor belt area, according to the local media.

The flood of delays created a shortage of emergency blankets and a number of passengers had to bunk down on cardboard on the floor to sleep. One Chinese passenger said he spent HK$65 for a piece of cardboard so his sick mother would have something to lie down on. The Ministry of Land and Transportation offered travelers staying in the airport 300 blankets, 100 mats, 500 loaves of bread and 2,000 bottles of water, but many still ended up sleeping on the freezing floor. 

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