Date
20 August 2017
The boy's father (left photo) confronts a cabin attendant. The boy is carried by his mother (right). All three were taken off a Cathay Pacific flight from Bangkok. Photos: Apple Daily, Bloomberg
The boy's father (left photo) confronts a cabin attendant. The boy is carried by his mother (right). All three were taken off a Cathay Pacific flight from Bangkok. Photos: Apple Daily, Bloomberg

Putonghua-speaking family thrown out of Cathay flight

A Putonghua-speaking couple were taken off a Cathay Pacific flight after their three-year-old son refused to wear a seatbelt.

The incident took place shortly before CX654 was to depart Bangkok for Hong Kong at 3:15 p.m. on Tuesday, according to Apple Daily.

The captain held the flight for nearly 30 minutes while the family of three was offloaded from the plane.

The flight took off without further disturbance, the report said. 

Witnesses said the boy’s father became irate when he was asked by a cabin attendant to attend to his son who would not wear his seatbelt.

The man lost his temper and had a heated argument with some passengers and crew.

On Monday, a similar incident happened on a Hong Kong Airlines flight from Indonesia to Hong Kong when a three-year-old Chinese boy refused to sit down and wear a seatbelt as the plane was coming in to land.

The incident resulted in a violent altercation between the boy’s parents and some passengers and cabin staff.

Police were called in once the plane landed.

Civil aviation regulations allow children two years old and above to be seated on their own.

Parents normally arrange to be seated with their infant children in the front rows which come with a special safety harness.

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