Two male passengers ‘assaulted four cabin crew members and left an air marshall with a bloody nose’ after they were denied an upgrade
- They were travelling on a flight from Taiyuan to Chongqing, both in China
- Plane had been taxiing to the runway and was forced to return to the gate
- Hainan Airlines is said to be applying for the suspects to be blacklisted
Two passengers allegedly assaulted four crew members and an air marshal after they were denied an upgrade on Sunday.
According to reports, the unidentified men only had economy tickets but tried to sit in business class and then refused to move or pay for the upgrade.
The physical altercation that ensued caused the Hainan Airlines flight, which was taxiing to the runway, to return to the gate in Taiyuan, China.
The men were travelling on a Hainan Airlines flight from Taiyuan to Chongqing, both cities in China (file image)
The men were spotted by a member of the crew and were told that they needed to pay for the upgrade according to Jinghua.
However, there were no card facilities on board, which meant that the pair had to either pay by cash or travel in their booked economy seats for the two hour flight from Taiyuan to Chongqing.
A passenger on board flight HU7041 told Jinghua: ‘They said they didn’t have enough cash on them but they refused to go back to economy class.’
When the air hostess asked the men to leave business class again, the men reportedly assaulted her.
She asked for help from the captain and an air marshal, who were both assaulted as well according to the report.
The air marshal is said to have had a nose bleed as a result of the scuffle.
The carrier is said to be applying for the suspects to be blacklisted following the assault (file photo)
According to the report, four crew members and an air marshal received varying levels of injury as a result of physical altercations with the two men.
The plane was forced to return to the departure gate and the two men were escorted from the aircraft by local police.
After a two hour delay, the flight was able to continue as normal without the injured crew members or air marshal.
Hainan Airlines is said to be applying to the police for the two men to be blacklisted under China’s law regulating ‘uncivilised behaviour by passengers’, which will see the two suspects banned from travel.
The case is under investigation by police in Taiyuan.