Admittedly different cultures have varying levels of familiarity with the “norms” of flying. That’s why we see stories fairly often from China and India which many of us probably can’t relate to. For example, passengers will pop open the emergency exit if they feel like it’s taking too long to deplane, or if they just want some fresh air. Oops!
I’ve seen some unusual things on flights to/from China, and have even been on a flight out of China where cops had to be called so passengers could be removed. However, I’ve never seen anything quite like this, which happened on a United flight from Shanghai to Newark yesterday.
Here’s the description from the person who uploaded the video:
Man decided to “upgrade” himself from economy to first class. He got caught multiple times and refused to identify himself to the crew, at one point even walking down the aisles drinking champagne that he stole from first class. The crew asks him to leave the plane and he refuses. Finally, the Chinese authorities arrive to drag him off the plane. However, they claim they are not allowed to handcuff someone that is mentally unstable (???). Finally, with the help of some passengers and plastic zip-tie cuffs provided by the crew, the man is carried off the plane kicking and screaming the entire way.
And here’s the video:
Wow! I’ve seen a countless number of people try to self upgrade, though never as persistently as this guy. I’m not sure how he saw this ending…
(Tip of the hat to View from the Wing)