Stiffer penal­ties for plane pas­sen­gers who dis­obey rules

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - COMMENT - A 4-YEAR-OLD

without a board­ing pass was found on a Bei­jing-Shang­hai flight be­fore the plane took off on Sun­day, caus­ing a de­lay of nearly five hours. The child’s par­ents did not buy her a ticket, be­cause they “thought” teenagers shorter than 1.2 me­ters could travel for free. Bei­jing News com­mented on Tues­day:

The in­ci­dent at Bei­jing Cap­i­tal In­ter­na­tional Air­port has again aroused con­cerns about mis­be­hav­ing pas­sen­gers and the po­ten­tial se­cu­rity risks they rep­re­sent.

In­ci­dents such as this, and that of the 80-year-old pas­sen­ger who re­cently threw a hand­ful of coins at one of the en­gines for “good luck”, high­light some peo­ple’s lack of safety aware­ness, which could lead to costly con­se­quences.

In the case of the child who was able to get on a plane without a board­ing pass, the air­port se­cu­rity checks should be blamed for fail­ing to stop a tick­et­less pas­sen­ger. But her par­ents, who went to great lengths so their daugh­ter could avoid the checks, need to pay the price for their mis­deed.

Free-rid­ers on buses and trains are noth­ing new, and some peo­ple might be tempted to try and get a free ride on an air­plane if they thought they could get away with it.

Those vi­o­lat­ing se­cu­rity rules and many other pub­lic codes of con­duct should be held ac­count­able. That said, ver­bal warn­ings may not be enough to keep at bay such “trou­ble­mak­ers”. They should re­ceive penal­ties that de­ter oth­ers from dis­obey­ing the rules.

Air­line com­pa­nies are ob­li­gated to com­pen­sate other cus­tomers if a de­lay is caused by their fel­low pas­sen­gers, ac­cord­ing to the Con­tract Law. Those pas­sen­gers who cause de­lays through risky or ab­surd be­hav­ior should have to pay the costs as a re­minder to oth­ers that the rules are there for a rea­son.

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