Chinese airlines in pact against ‘uncivilised’ passengers

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Beijing, Feb 1 (IANS) Five Chinese airlines on Monday signed an agreement to limit services to passengers deemed “uncivilised”.

Air China, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines and Spring Airlines will record names of passengers who misbehave while in travelling with them, Xinhua news agency reported.

The database will be shared among the airline companies in addition to tourism and civil aviation authorities. Those on the blacklist will be subject to limited services.

The five companies, together with their subsidiaries, account for more than 80 percent of China’s total air traffic capacity, according to the statement.

In September 2015, four poorly behaved Chinese tourists were punished and placed on the “uncivilised tourists’ behaviours” blacklist, according to the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA).

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A flight delay at Bangkok airport irked Chinese tourists. The four blacklisted tourists encouraged other tourists to disobey public order at the airport, severely tarnishing the image of Chinese tourists, according to the CNTA.

They will stay on the blacklist for up to three years, the CNTA said.

The record was first introduced by CNTA in March 2015 amid growing concerns about the behaviour of some Chinese tourists.

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