More Korean airport protests
On the afternoon of July 7 at the Taipei International Airport, 160 Korean passengers caused an embarrassing scene and the local police had to be called to contain the near riot. The Koreans were furious about the delay of their flight to Seoul on Cathay Pacific Airway. The airline’s staff explained that a typhoon was to blame, but the Koreans would hear none of it and got very loud and violent.
On July 29, at the Bangkok International Airport, a Cambodian airliner took off, leaving behind 39 Korean tourists on the runway as a few drunk passengers had made verbal attacks and gotten violent inside the plane after the announcement of a two-hour delay.
Just a few weeks before the protest at the Hong Kong airport, Koreans had staged a similar protest at Phuket airport.
Koreans protest for their ‘rights’ all around Asia
The Article continues –
Kim pointed out that it is impossible to imagine passengers in other countries complaining of flight delays because of national disasters such as heavy snowfall in other countries. But Koreans do it all the time, he said.
Park Yong-hun, the head of the Coalition for Transportation Culture, said that passengers needs to be taught air travel etiquette and at the same time, services by airliners must be enhanced to a world-class level.
According to Korean Air and Asiana, the number of passengers making scenes is on a sharp rise at an annual rate of 62 percent from 24 cases in 1997, 46 in 1998, 73 in 1999 and 102 in 2000.
That article doesnt go as far as the same Korean language article about what happened (Choson does not allow direct links to its archive so that is the search page the articles are in. Look for 한국인 ‘공항농성’ 국제추태 잦다 and [사설] ‘空港추태’ 엄벌해야). The article is extremely critical and describes what happened as bringing international shame on Korea. The above article is from 2001, which shows that Koreans have been aware of the problem at least since then. Unfortunately, non Korean speaking foreigners do not have access to this kind of information, because Koreans are very careful about what they show of themselves to the outside world.
Perhaps Korean demands for more apologies and compensation from Japan should be considered in the total context of Koreans being a people that have a protesting and demanding nature, beyond that of other peoples.