Runway blocked in China to protest flight delay

Passengers blocked the runway at Shanghai airport to protest against poor compensation for delay of their flight.

Beijing: In unprecedented act in China, 20
angry passengers blocked the runway at Shanghai airport to
protest against poor compensation paid to them for 16 hours
delay of their flight.

The passengers were among 161 people who took a Shenzhen
Airlines flight from Shenzhen to Harbin with a stop in Nanjing
on Tuesday and had to wait for 16 hours at the airport due to

Some of the passengers were not satisfied with the
compensation offered by the airline and refused to board the
plane and rushed to the nearby runway blocking an Etihad
Airways flight.

The airport`s control centre sent staff to persuade the
passengers to leave the taxiway and bring them to the terminal
building, state-run China Daily reported.

Officials from the airport said the incident lasted about
five minutes and didn`t affect other flights but was denounced
in the paper saying that it was an act of indiscipline posing
threat to safety of flights.

According to Shenzhen Airlines, the company has reached an
agreement with the delayed passengers paid them 1,000 yuan
(USD 160) compensation each.

Sixty-nine passengers received the compensation.

According to an online survey by Sina Weibo, more than 70
per cent of netizens sympathised with the delayed passengers,
while official said such protests could pose danger to
passenger safety.


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