Gonzalo From Chile, joined Aug 2005, 2035 posts, RR: 2 Posted (3 years 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 20331 times:
Please excuse me if this has been already posted, in that case please delete.
Personally I didn't heard about this incident and couldn't find a thread about it yet.
The video shows an airport security video record, whit an enraged passenger smashing computer equipment at Kunming, China, after being told he and his family had missed the flight. The man argues with the gate agent before losing his temper in front of his wife and two little kids. The man was later identified as Yan Linkun, a member of China's top government advisory board, and also deputy chairman of a mining company.
I found really amazing that not a single police officer or any kind of airport authority tries to stop him, I could bet that if you try this behavior in any US airport you will have "some problems" with police, TSA, and the infamous no fly list...
bohica From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 2879 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 19617 times:
Here we have another idiot who blames the airline for leaving on time.
Quoting Gonzalo (Thread starter): The man was later identified as Yan Linkun, a member of China's top government advisory board, and also deputy chairman of a mining company.
Maybe he feels that the airline should wait for him because of his "status."
Quoting Gonzalo (Thread starter): I found really amazing that not a single police officer or any kind of airport authority tries to stop him
Halfway through the video there are three men dressed alike that look like they might be some type of authoritative figures. However they just stand there and watch.
Quoting Gonzalo (Thread starter): I could bet that if you try this behavior in any US airport you will have "some problems" with police, TSA, and the infamous no fly list...
There is obviously more to the video than what the Guardian provided. I would have liked to see more of the video to see how this little meltdown episode of his ended. He might be spending the rest of his life in a labor camp fixing computers.
Gonzalo From Chile, joined Aug 2005, 2035 posts, RR: 2
Reply 9, posted (3 years 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 19201 times:
Quoting bennett123 (Reply 6): There seem to be about 3/4 Police/Security people just standing and watching all of this.
Quoting JU068 (Reply 7): What were they supposed to do? The man is a high ranking politician in China.
I noted the people dressed in uniforms, but I had the doubt about what they are really ( private surveillance? Police officers ? ). The guy probably never said who he is, or what position he has in the Chinese government... probably the reaction would be the same if he was "just" a farmer or a taxi driver.... Just my opinion anyway
Quoting bohica (Reply 8): There is obviously more to the video than what the Guardian provided. I would have liked to see more of the video to see how this little meltdown episode of his ended. He might be spending the rest of his life in a labor camp fixing computers.
Good point They just say the guy "apologized" later...
Quoting YYZYYT (Reply 5): Try that at YVR and see what the RCMP does to you...
No doubt.... here in Chile we also have our "nice" airport security, and a behavior like this would let you in jail for sure at least for 12- 24 hours, and facing criminal charges.
OzGlobal From France, joined Nov 2004, 2870 posts, RR: 3
Reply 10, posted (3 years 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 18664 times:
The secret to decrypt this behaviour is the limitless sense of entitlement cultivated in someone who has known unmerited privilege over others: look at the endless energy despots invest in hopeless campaigns to hold onto power. A diabolical study in our human nature, warped by self-absorbed indulgence... "Do you know who I am..."?
When all's said and done, there'll be more said than done.
Gonzalo From Chile, joined Aug 2005, 2035 posts, RR: 2
Reply 16, posted (3 years 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 16476 times:
Quoting doug_Or (Reply 14): A record? I take it you don't spend much time on the terminal side of the airport.
Oh don't get me wrong, it can be "normal" to miss several flights the same day if you are making connections, or if you have a *multiple flights, tight schedule*....but missing a flight, re-book, then go breakfast, and miss the flight again ?? Too much for me !!
HBGDS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (3 years 3 weeks 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 14811 times:
One other reason these security guys are not intervening goes beyond the "status" of this fellow: they have not been ordered to do so. Chinese society is still very Confucian (i.e. hierarchical), so you obey your superiors, and you await for someone in authority to make a decision. I remember trying to make flight in China twenty years ago. Unless the supervisor ok'd the changing of a ticket (even though it was allowed), nothing would happen...
But keep in mind one more thing: they do not have to intervene because he has already lost face, and is losing face further by breaking everything. That lost honor bit is a big deal over there; he dug his own social grave.
You're speaking with the rationale of a Western citizen who enjoys the fruits of democracy. This video is in China. Sure, they have made immense progress in commercial and living standards, but we are still talking about a Communist country in which a politician is for all intents and purposes "above the law" and the police are not in any mood to challenge him, as evidenced in this video.
czbbflier From Canada, joined Jul 2006, 1029 posts, RR: 2
Reply 22, posted (3 years 3 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 13718 times:
Quoting cjg225 (Reply 19): I like him trying to break the glass. What the heck was he going to do, run after the plane?
Actually, I was impressed with the glass. Not everything in China is shoddily made, apparently.
Quoting Gonzalo (Reply 9): The guy probably never said who he is, or what position he has in the Chinese government...
Actually, my take is quite different. I can only imagine the sense of entitlement that this man and his family feel they have- he is, after all, a member of the government party and a fairly high-ranking official.
He drew quite the crowd so I imagine he was screaming at the top of his lungs, "Do you not KNOW who I am? Do you realize that I am Yan Linkun, a member of China's top government advisory board, and also deputy chairman of a mining company!!!" His temper tantrum is exactly what I'd expect someone with such a sense of entitlement would do.
I wonder if the gate agents took the rest of the day off. That was about as outside-the-norm a customer service incident as you can get!
Kinda reminds me of the urban legend (I really don't know if it is true) from about 1985:
A passenger missed a CP flight from Edmonton Municipal to Calgary and he got himself so worked up he challenged the gate agent to a fight. As he had been trash-talking the agent enough, the agent finally decided it was time to deal with this jerk.
So he went to his supervisor, pulled all his badges and ID off and quit on the spot.
They then went outside into the parking lot where the agent creamed the passenger, basically mashing him into the pavement and leaving him in a bleeding, beat-up heap.
The agent then went back into the terminal, walked right up to the same supervisor and said that he was looking for a job, "Was CP hiring?" The supervisor said that someone had just quit a few minutes before and that they were, in fact, looking for a replacement. The supervisor then handed the pins and ID back. The agent put them on went right back to work.