BEIJING–Chinese state-run media branded four unruly air passengers ��barbarians�� Monday after they scalded an air hostess and threatened to blow up a plane, in the latest embarrassment by the country’s travelers. The national tourism watchdog vowed to ��punish�� the group after a low-cost flight from Thailand to the eastern city of Nanjing was forced to return to Bangkok when a female Chinese passenger threw hot water and noodles at a cabin attendant. Online video images also showed another male passenger threatening to blow up the aircraft following the row with crew, reportedly because they could not be seated together.
The China Daily, which is published by the government, lambasted the group in an editorial and said the incident would ��tarnish�� the image of the Chinese people. ��They believed that behaving like barbarians would get them what they wanted, forgetting that civility demands that a fellow human being be treated as an equal,�� it said. ��The incident should serve as a lesson not just for the four culprits, but also for all Chinese to behave properly to get respect.�� Thai AirAsia Flight FD9101 departed Bangkok’s northern airport Don Mueang for Nanjing at 5:55 p.m. on Thursday with 174 passengers and six crew on board, but was forced to turn back after the rowdy behavior. China’s National Tourism Administration said over the weekend that the passengers �X who were reportedly given token fines by Thai authorities �X will be ��severely punished�� for their actions and put on a database of unruly tourists.