Couple fined after assaulting police at Hong Kong airport over flight delay

PUBLISHED : Monday, 08 July, 2013, 11:25am
UPDATED : Monday, 08 July, 2013, 7:37pm

A couple from Jiangsu who took out their anger over a long flight delay at Hong Kong International Airport last Friday on Cathay Pacific ground crew and a police officer pleaded guilty to assault on Monday.

In Tsuen Wan Magistrate’s Court on Monday, Xu Jun, 35, who was charged with criminal damage and common assault and his wife, Wan Yejun, 34, who was charged with assaulting a police officer, pleaded guilty and were fined HK$2,000 dollars and HK$2,500 dollars respectively.

Xu and Wan were supposed to board flight CX364 to Shanghai at 5.35pm on Friday, but the flight was repeatedly delayed due to air traffic control problems in Shanghai, according to Chinese media.

At about 9pm, Xu – after becoming increasingly impatient with the delay – approached Cathay counter staff at the gate, flung a computer keyboard to the ground and poured a soft drink on two Cathay employees who were trying to calm him, police said on Monday.

Once the police arrived, Xu was arrested, but his wife became belligerent and injured a police officer after striking the officer on the back, police said.

Cathay Pacific later told the Southern Metropolis Daily that the flight finally took off at 9am on Saturday after a 16 hour delay.