Disturbance at Shen Zhen Airport。Photos: Snapshot of Guangdong TV.
The recent wave of summer storms has left many passengers stranded at airports and railway stations.
In Shenzhen Airport, fights broke out between frustrated travelers and airport staffs, after flights to cities in eastern China were delayed Saturday, causing a number of injuries.
Accordingly, around 4 am of July 26, due to heavy rain and dramatic lightning, a flight from Shenzhen to Hangzhou was delayed for more than 5 hours. Because of long time waiting with no clear further message, passengers began to stir in the airport; some of them were dissatisfied with the solution of the airline. Soon, conflict s upgraded to physical confrontation while many people were injured in the ensuing chaos. Police have seized video data and start an investigation. Certain passengers were under suspicion for impacting aircrafts and wounding with intent. On the other hand, according to laws and regulations, airport staffs will also face administrative punishment due to excessive defense.
Meanwhile in Shanghai, huge crowds formed at the Hongqiao Railway Station, as people opted to take high-speed trains instead of risking it at the airports. Sixteen flights were canceled at Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport and another 36 were canceled at Hongqiao International airport.
And in Beijing, more than 50 flights were delayed or canceled due to bad weather. China’s Air Traffic Management Bureau has already issued an orange alert, the second-highest warning level for airport travel conditions.