Date
23 May 2017
Many of the boy scouts had to sleep on the airport floor, but only four blankets were available for them. Photos: Apple Daily
Many of the boy scouts had to sleep on the airport floor, but only four blankets were available for them. Photos: Apple Daily

Typhoon-stranded boy scouts sleep on Taiwan airport floor

More than 200 boy scouts from Hong Kong were stranded at the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport as typhoon Soudelor wreaked havoc on air traffic.

Half of the group had to sleep on the airport floor as of Sunday night, but only four blankets were available for them, Apple Daily reported on Tuesday.

While parents worried if their children were safe and having enough food, many of the teenagers were thrilled by the “unforgettable experience”.

The group was part of a 600-member delegation from the Scout Association of Hong Kong to a large-scale boy scout jamboree in Yamaguchi City in Japan that departed Hong Kong on July 28.

They were originally scheduled to return to Hong Kong via Taiwan on Saturday, but because of the typhoon, at least 202 Hong Kong delegates arrived in Taiwan on Sunday and 102 of them had to spend the night at the Taoyuan Airport.

They returned to Hong Kong at around 4 p.m. on Monday.

After arriving in Taiwan on Sunday afternoon, the boys were only given sandwiches by the airline staff in the evening and each can of soft drink had to be shared by three scouts.

The mother of one of the boy scouts, identified only as Mrs. Chan, said most of the kids only had Japanese and Hong Kong currencies with them, and were unable to buy food from shops in the airport as there were no foreign exchange outlets nearby.

China Airlines said it tried its best to look after the needs of passengers who were stranded at the airport, but available resources were limited.

It said ground staff stayed in the passenger hall with the boy scouts and other passengers.

Hamburgers and breakfast were provided to passengers on Monday morning, the airline added.

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