>>A JETSTAR pilot and crew were held hostage for more than six hours by a mob of angry passengers after their flight was diverted from Beijing to Shanghai because of bad weather.
The experienced Australian pilot is being hailed a hero for his calm actions after being confronted by the angry passengers as they disembarked at Shanghai's Pudong Airport.
Upset at the delay and fearful that they would be abandoned and left to find their own way to Beijing, the passengers bailed them up inside a section of the arrivals area and refused to let them leave.<<
If you fly with `any` third rate airline, that is cheap & nasty & which may put you down anywhere in the country you are flying to, if not the particular destination, you have to accept you will get treated like trash! One's national carrier, on many of their domestic routes appear to be going down the cheap / nasty route as well.
Because the pilot and crew clearly control and dictate the weather.
I once worked as ground crew at a very fog-prone airport. You'd be surprised at how many passengers were appalled at the prospect of having to wait for the thick fog to clear and that "nobody could do something about it". They're probably the same idiots who keep driving in thick fog even when they can't see the road any more and end up crashing against a tree.
Location: I don't really hate them...I just miss flight attendants.
The wonderful PRC
Anyone thinking this is not true has never been to the people's republic. This sort of event has happened time and again. There are no rules or decorum in china. Crews of diverting flights have been hunted down and attacked in their hotel rooms. Something like this is minor and commonplace in the prc...
Upset at the delay and fearful that they would be abandoned and left to find their own way to Beijing, the passengers bailed them up inside a section of the arrivals area and refused to let them leave.
Well maybe there is more than one side to this story. Is it also common in China to just leave pax to their own devices in such situations? Wouldn't be surprised.