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PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 26 February, 2013, 11:01am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 26 February, 2013, 11:30am

Outrage after Chinese men on Air France flight take wine bottles 'to go'


Amy Li began her journalism career as a crime news reporter in Queens, New York, in 2004. She joined Reuters in Beijing in 2008 as a multimedia editor. Amy taught journalism at Southwestern University of Finance and Economics in Chengdu before joining SCMP in Hong Kong in 2012. She is now an online news editor for SCMP.com. Amy can be reached at chunxiao.li@scmp.com, or follow her on Twitter @AmyLiSCMP

Two Chinese men on an Air France flight recently shocked their fellow passengers by snatching eight bottles of wine from the airline service cart, ignoring objections from other travellers on board.

Wen Fei, a Chinese woman who works in Paris, wrote on  weibo, China’s Twitter-like service, about her encounters with the two men who sat near her on flight AF132 from Paris to China’s central Wuhan city on Friday. 

Wen said she tried to stop them after they each took at least eight bottles of wine and stowed them in their bags - without asking the flight crew.

“I explained to them it was not OK and interpreted the flight attendents' explanation in French, but they said it was none of my business, ” Wen told SCMP.com on Tuesday.

The two men, apparently drunk, then shouted at Wen in the Wuhan dialect, she said.

“They asked me to back off if I ever wanted to leave Wuhan in one piece,” said Wen.

The pilot later interfered and asked the men to stop fighting with Wen, she said.   

“This kind of behaviour is demeaning for the Chinese travelling abroad,” she said.

Wen also posted a picture she had secretly taken of one of the two men. The photo shows a middle-aged man wearing glasses and well-dressed. 

Wen’s post struck a chord with many netizens who said they, too, find the behaviour of some Chinese travellers appalling.

“The Chinese are always loud and jump queues to get on a flight – even when everyone has a seat,” said a netizen.

“They are used to ‘stealing’ from people in China and now they start applying that habit elsewhere,” commented another netizen, implying the two men might be powerful Wuhan officials.  

The identities of the two men remain unknown.

Air France didn’t respond to the South China Morning Post’s request for an interview on Tuesday.

In a separate incident in China’s southwestern Yunnan province, a local CPPCC member and businessman, Yan Linkun, was caught on camera throwing a temper tantrum and smashing an airport check-in counter after he missed the deadline for boarding.

Yan has apologised to the airport and was suspended from his work, said reports from Chinese media. 


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shame to ALL chinese in the world? collective guilt? wow.
Obviously not all Chinese are 支那狗
Savages. That's what we call them. The Chinese have their own terms for them too.
1- the two men taking the bottles were taking advantage, but probably not breaking the law. the wine is free, but within reason, so it is a gray area. Gray area is in fact a typical Chinese profit area.
2- China is certainly not suitable for democracy. SO everyone just drop it and forget it.
crbflle i think you need your head examined. You just made 2 useless comments.
China is certainly suitable, yet not ready for democracy. The wines are free for consumption on board, and certainly not to be taken away.
youku really?
Ashamed to read such articles ... Grow up mainland officials! If you truly love your Party, you would not make such demeaning spectacles of yourselves - with great power comes great responsibility (words from a comic book but so true) ....
Why didn't the airline contact authorities and have the two men arrested for theft upon arrival in Wuhan?
The good thing about the "ugly Chinese" incidents is that other Chinese people react, in one way or the other. Education needs to start with the people. Way to go. Otherwise, what can you expect of the image of Chinese travelers in the eyes of the world, with over 80 million going abroad last year?




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