Chinese tourist is charged for endangering the lives of other passengers when she opened the emergency exit of a still moving plane.
SINGAPORE: A Chinese passenger, identified only as Piao, who opened the emergency exit door of a moving plane was charged in court for endangering public safety.
The actions of the woman, who was on an Asiana Airlines plane bound for Seoul, caused the emergency slide to be deployed.
It lead to a four hour delay, disrupted airport operations and incurred a loss of 34,000 yuan (S$7,300).
Despite numerous other reports of passengers who also opened emergency exit’s, Piao was the first person to face a criminal charge for her action since the plane was still moving.
The trial was held Monday at the north-eastern Jilin province’s Yanji city where the incident had occurred according to The Straits Times.
The media did not report whether Piao was convicted. If convicted, she faces between three and 10 years in jail.
According to the Civil Aviation Management Institute of China, Professor Diao Weimin, she could be charged under Section 114 of the Penal Code for endangering public safety if she had done it intentionally.
Chinese tourists have made headlines across the world for their boorish behaviour while travelling, leaving the government red-faced with their antics. A similar incident occurred on the 17th of December, 2014, when a Chinese tourist opened an emergency exit ‘to get some fresh air’.
China’s National Tourism Administration has taken a step to blacklist misbehaving tourists on their official website.