There really is no shortage of stories involving crazy passengers at Singapore Changi Airport and/or on Singapore Airlines. Maybe it’s partly because Singapore is such an orderly society that most airline related incidents make the news, while in other countries it’s so commonplace that no one even notices. Earlier I posted about an Australian man who was sentenced to six months and two weeks in prison for his repeated bad behavior while transiting Singapore.
Now there’s video footage of two men getting into quite a fight at Guangzhou Airport before boarding a Singapore Airlines flight to Changi on August 30, 2017. Per The Straits Times:
According to witness Cedric Teng, 30, who was waiting to board the flight home after a four-day holiday, it sparked off at about 12.30pm local time when one of them wanted to jump queue.
He was at the back of the line and a fellow passenger told him that the man in white had insisted on being first in line, despite passengers with young children being allowed to board first.
Somehow that escalated into this:
In the US if such an incident occurred the police would be called and the passengers wouldn’t be allowed on the plane. Meanwhile a Singapore Airlines spokesperson confirms that both passengers were allowed to continue on the flight:
“The passengers involved in the incident were permitted to board only after it was assessed that the safety of the flight would not be compromised. Our flight crew were also informed so that they could monitor the situation on board the flight, which proceeded to Singapore without further incident.”
“Flight crew are trained to recognise and deal with potential cases of passengers who exhibit unruly behaviour. Our ground staff may also refuse boarding to customers who may have already displayed errant behavior, in order to not compromise the safety and comfort of other customers.”
Airports really bring out the worst in people sometimes…
(Tip of the hat to SINJim)