Chinese woman refuses Beijing airport security check, claims to be foreigner

Traveller also cursed at airport staff, saying it was ‘common practice’ overseas, TV station reports

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 18 January, 2018, 1:47pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 24 April, 2018, 11:52am

A woman has been placed in detention for 15 days for refusing to go through a physical security check at Beijing’s international airport while claiming to be a foreigner, according to a television report.

The woman is seen in surveillance footage refusing to let staff frisk her.

She told airport staff that she had not liked people touching her since she was a child, Beijing TV reported on Wednesday.

The staff persisted but the woman, whose full name was not given, started cursing at them.

She said that as a foreign citizen she had the freedom to curse others as it was a common practice overseas, the report said. She added that after her treatment she would never return to China.

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The woman, who was flying to Beijing on Saturday, was then taken to a nearby police station.

Police later discovered she was a 32-year-old Chinese citizen who had been living abroad.

She had returned to China on business and to visit relatives.

No details were given of where she had been living.