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Angry Chinese couple protest on Beijing airport runway to stop plane after they arrive too late to board

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PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 September, 2016, 12:18pm
UPDATED : Monday, 19 September, 2016, 12:45pm

An angry couple in China who knocked down airport staff after arriving too late to board their flight staged a protest on the runway to stop the aircraft from taking off, Chinese media reported.

The Shanghai-bound Air China flight was delayed for 20 minutes on Saturday morning because of the protest by the unnamed couple at Beijing Capital International Airport, the Beijing Youth Daily reported.

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They had arrived at the boarding gate after it had already closed, but pushed past and knocked down several airline employees so they could run along the gangway leading to the plane.

After cabin crew refused to let them inside, the wife told ground staff that she would not leave unless they were allowed on board.

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The couple then stood on the runway with their suitcase underneath the aircraft to stop it taking off.

“When two police officers tried to approach the woman she became really emotional and started crying and waving her arms,” one witness was quoted as saying by the newspaper.

The plane was able to depart only after the woman was dragged by her husband into a police car and driven away.

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The couple, who were late arriving at the boarding gate for “personal reasons”, were placed in administrative detention for five days by airport police, the report said.