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Man Attempts Mid-air Suicide

Sat Sep 06, 2003 2:56 pm

Man attempts mid-air suicide

From correspondents in Beijing
September 5, 2003

A distraught passenger on board a Chinese plane en route to Beijing from Paris tried to commit hara-kiri with a pair of scissors, but was stopped at the last minute, state media reported Friday.

A stewardess on board the Air China flight was alerted to the situation when she noticed that the passenger, seated at the back of economy class, tried to slice his stomach open with the scissors, the Beijing Today newspaper said.

Four crew members tried to subdue the passenger, while he attempted to smash his head into the wall, but a doctor on board finally managed to force a tranquilizer down his throat, the paper said.

It turned out the passenger apparently wanted to commit ritual suicide after he had been turned away at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport because of problems with his passport, the paper said.

The paper did not give the nationality of the passenger, but noted that while he was fighting with the crew, he shouted "I want to go back to Sri Lanka".

Original Source: Agence France-Presse

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RE: Man Attempts Mid-air Suicide

Sat Sep 06, 2003 6:08 pm

How did a passenger get hold of a pair of scissors? I thought they were banned articles since 9/11.

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RE: Man Attempts Mid-air Suicide

Sat Sep 06, 2003 6:14 pm

Well, a classic example which shows how careless are those security personnel...

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RE: Man Attempts Mid-air Suicide

Sat Sep 06, 2003 6:47 pm

You'd think there would be particular (security) scrutiny of any passenger who is found not to have the proper international documentation...
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RE: Man Attempts Mid-air Suicide

Sat Sep 06, 2003 7:00 pm


you would be surprised how many pax turn up at checkin/border control with documents, and that upon arrival have nothing left. Lots of them throw them away, flush them down the toillet, eat them, burn them,...... and then they ask for political asylum.
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RE: Man Attempts Mid-air Suicide

Sat Sep 06, 2003 7:15 pm

Yeah what 744rules said is absolutely correct.

One of my friends working for Air China told me that there have been a lot of passengers (mainly from a few African nations) held real flight tickets, passports, visas & other necessary documents to board a flight out of China or some so-called 'second world' countries which are reasonably well-advanced comparing to most third world nations, but still a long way to catch up comparing to first world countries, and headed to some MDCs, once these people got off the planes, they throw away all their documents and then as what 744rules said to ask for political asylum.

In most cases, these people had been refused for their 'request' and Air China or whatever the carriers have to bring them back. Apart from that, the customs in some countries will also fine carriers who have brought these passengers to their countries, the fine is often up to several hundred $US [per person]. A lot of airline insiders told me that it is common for some carriers to spend several thousands of $US on these fines every year.

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RE: Man Attempts Mid-air Suicide

Sat Sep 06, 2003 7:28 pm

Before jumping into quick conclusions about security, I think we need a few clarifications : was he really denied entrance in France ? what flight did he arrive on ? If he was sent back on the same airline he came in , may be he just stayed inside sealed area of CDG. If so where was the security failure ?
Am sure we will know more ...

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