Chinese tourists sing anthem in protest at Bangkok flight delay
Lengthy flight delays in China can bring out the worst in people, with violent reactions to news of cancellations a regular occurrence. But a crowd of Chinese tourists stuck in Bangkok for 10 hours chose a novel way to vent their anger: singing their national anthem.
Their flight had been scheduled to take off from Don Mueang International Airport at 5pm on Friday but was delayed until 3am the next day, according to the Shanghai-based news portal Thepaper.cn.
The tourists demanded thousands of yuan in compensation and an apology, then changed tack.
A mobile phone video of the emotional tourists singing the anthem went viral in China, although it has to be said it is not a particularly expert rendition.
“They were scheduled to take a flight by Orient Thai Airlines, but the fight was delayed and the tourists were quite discontented,” an airport worker told Thepaper. “Thirty three of the passengers refused to leave the departure hall after the others boarded.”