Oh my…extreme climate change is beginning to reveal just how unprepared the global infrastructure is for the coming planetary upheaval that’s associated with shifting and cleansing the Earths energetic operating system. Not only did things get ugly in China with 10,000 furious airline passengers in Kunming, Yunnan Province, around a thousand ships are stranded in potentially dangerous sea ice….
Keep in mind the Chinese are conditioned to react calmly and not put up a fuss, it appears they’ve had enough. Can you imagine the same scenario in America?
Stranded by fog, passengers turn violent
|Global Times | 2013-1-6 9:00:29
By Li Cong
Stranded passengers vent their anger at a check-in counter of China Eastern Airlines at the Changshui International Airport in Kunming, Yunnan Province Friday, after a dense fog grounded 440 flights on Thursday. Photo: CFP
Some 10,000 furious airline passengers in Kunming, Yunnan Province, where flights were delayed Thursday by heavy fog, smashed check-in counters, fought with ground crew and vented their anger on the airport’s broadcast system.
Flights resumed Friday but the backlog continued into Saturday at the Changshui International Airport in Kunming, after 440 flights had been grounded by weather on Thursday.
Passengers scolded the airlines for failing to provide timely flight information. They were also upset with the airport for not providing enough hot water and heat.
According to the China National Radio (CNR), passengers waited hours without being told the status of their flights and some airline websites crashed due to a huge increase in the number of requests for information.
Li Mingxia told the Global Times her Thursday flight from Kunming to Beijing was canceled and her rescheduled flight on Friday was delayed six hours. Most infuriating, she said, was the lack of information.
“I arrived there about 1 pm Friday, shortly before the scheduled departure time, and there was no information about the flight. My flight took off after 7 pm but the information screen continued to show the flight was on schedule,” said Li.
Some ground crew and passengers got into altercations and local police were called in to restore order.
A journalist from the Kunming-based newspaper Yunnan Daily, who declined to be named, confirmed to the Global Times that the airport, which went into operation just six months ago, was short of ground crew and not equipped with enough support facilities.
“There is no large hotel close to the airport so stranded passengers are sent back downtown, 30 kilometers away. When passengers complained about the low temperature inside the airport, they were told that the heating system was not fully operational.”
CNR’s report said some passengers began to lose control on Thursday night.
“These passengers’ actions were radical, and violated laws,” Zhang Qihuai, a researcher from the Institute of Air and Space Law under the China University of Political Science and Law, told the Global Times.
“The main cause of their extreme behavior was the flawed service provided by the airport,” he added.
“The extreme weather reveals defects in the management of the civil aviation system,” said Zhang, adding that though protected by law, passengers’ rights as customers cannot be fully realized when their flights are delayed, as there is no specific regulation detailing compensation.
The airport’s official Sina Weibo said in a post late Thursday that heavy fog was to blame for the huge number of delayed and canceled flights.
1000 ships stuck in sea ice in China
Temperatures in China plunge to their lowest in almost three decades.
Bitter cold has stranded about 1,000 vessels in a layer of thick sea ice on Laizhou Bay in China’s Shandong province, reports the China Daily newspaper.
The ice expanded to 291 square km this week and is continuing to grow, said Zheng Dong, chief meteorologist at the Yantai Marine Environment Monitoring Center under the State Oceanic Administration.
According to aquafarmers, the ice may lead to heavy losses as farmers are unable to penetrate the ice to provide adequate ventilation for sea cucumbers and other aquatic organisms.
Coastal police have warned the ice may damage vessels passing through deeper sea areas near the Bohai and Yellow seas, in the northern East China Sea.
Since late November the country has endured an average of minus 3.8 degrees Celsius, 1.3 degrees colder than the previous average, and the chilliest in 28 years, state news agency Xinhua said on Saturday, citing the China Meteorological Administration.
Meanwhile, heavy snowfall forced the closure of some sections of the Beijing-Hong Kong-Macau Expressway, the China Daily said.
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