On Thursday SkyTeam member China Southern was preparing for a 1200 mile hop it performs every day between Wuhan — the most populous city in central China — and Harbin, the capital of China’s northernmost province.
It’s a route flown daily by China Southern with a Boeing 737, and also by Sichuan Airlines with an Airbus A321. Normally not more than 2.5 hours in flight, this journey would be extended because of a passenger meltdown caught on film.
The passenger seated in 53H began yelling just five minutes into the flight. Then he started throwing money on the floor. He shouted, “Someone is trying to get me, I want to go into the sky, I opened the sky eye.”
The flights crew calmed him down for just a few minutes, but then he got up and tried to rush the cockpit. That’s when both passengers and crew pounced to restrain the man. He was tied up, and tied into his seat, until the plane could get him offloaded before the journey would continue.
“Passengers behaving badly” stories have become no stranger to Chinese aviation, or to China Southern. Usually though the passengers are just trying to open the aircraft door and pop the slide.
That’s when flights get delayed. And passengers get put up in some sketchy accommodations for the night.