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Airline passenger intentionally coughs on flight attendant, gets tackled during coronavirus-related delay


She snapped after an hours-long delay

Image source: New York Post video screenshot

If you're traveling right now, you have to understand and expect some disruptions because of coronavirus. Especially if you're traveling in Asia, where the virus is most prominent.

One woman on a Thai Airways flight to Shanghai, China simply could not handle this reality, however, and became fully unhinged before getting tackled and restrained by flight attendants, Newsflare reported.

How it happened: A flight from Bangkok landed in Shanghai on Friday. Due to precautionary checks for coronavirus, the plane was held up with passengers stuck on board for a miserably long 10 hours.

After a few hours, one passenger couldn't take it anymore. She demanded to be let off the plane. Her request was, of course, denied, so she responded with physical aggression.

The woman reportedly began flailing her arms and legs, and perhaps worse, she decided to punish one of the flight attendants by coughing on her.

That's when other members of the crew sprang to the defense of their colleague. One flight attendant put the woman in a headlock while several others restrained her as well.

"Help me put her down!" one of crew members yelled.

A peaceful resolution: In normal circumstances, such a disruptive passenger would be removed from a plane as soon as possible. But Shanghai's coronavirus protocols dictated that the doors of the plane couldn't be opened until health officials arrived to complete their checks.

After being restrained, the woman eventually calmed down and waited for her screening.

"The Chinese passenger was upset about being held for a long time and coughed at one of our staff, the head of Thailand's Aviation Safety Department said. "After she calmed down, we explained the situation to her and she agreed to sit and wait for screening."

It has not been reported whether anyone from the plane eventually tested positive for coronavirus.

(H/T New York Post)

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