Stranded air passengers clash with police in China: report

2008-07-29 05:46:22 GMT       2008-07-29 13:46:22 (Beijing Time)       SINA English

Angry passengers scuffled with police in an airport in southwest China, smashing computers and desks Tuesday after their flights were delayed with no food or accommodation offered, state media said.

More than 170 passengers were stranded for a night at an airport in Kunming, capital of Yunnan province, after three China Southern flights were delayed late Monday due to bad weather, the Xinhua news agency reported.

Some passengers were told to go to a hotel by themselves but ended up being rejected once they arrived, it said.

All the passengers, aged between two and 60, had to spend the night on an aircraft or in the departure hall without food, the report said.

They gathered at the terminal Tuesday morning, demanding an apology from the airline and a time for the rescheduled flights.

But the "improper manner" of China Southern staff eventually ignited the frustrated passengers, leading some to smash computers and desks with chairs and fight with police in the airport, Xinhua said.

A China Southern official said the company was preparing a statement on the incident.

(Agencies)

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