Video: Chinese Political Adviser Trashes Airport After Missing Flight

This is a video of how a Chinese official deals with news that he has missed his flight. The man is identified in news accounts as Yunnan Mining Co. Vice Chairman Yan Linkun, a member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the political advisory body in the People’s Republic of China. Linkun reportedly missed a flight from Kunming to Guangzhou because he was eating breakfast. He then missed the second flight when he didn’t hear an announcement. It then went from bad to worse.


Security personnel appear timid in responding to the man as he trashes the airplane gate area. I assume that not just anyone can smash up a Chinese airport. That appears to be a luxury for irate mining executives on the CPPCC. It is a striking example of the new Mandarins — a ruling class of wealthy elites who control business and politics, including a ruling aristocracy.

You can see the full encounter at this site (thanks for one of my Chinese law colleagues)

Source: Beijing Cream

Kudos: Don Clarke

24 thoughts on “Video: Chinese Political Adviser Trashes Airport After Missing Flight

  1. Rank has its privileges. Here our masters just smash airlines and bleed the money out of them. Of the two examples I sort of prefer this one to ours. At least they get to keep their jobs.

  2. At first I thought it was the director of Zero Dark Thirty at the Academy Awards:

    Just a few months ago, the consensus of the establishment press and the nation’s (shockingly large) community of film critics was that Zero Dark Thirty was the best film of the year and the clear (and well-deserved) front-runner to win the most significant Academy Awards. “OK, folks, you can plan something else for Oscar Night 2013 . . . . Zero Dark Thirty will win Best Picture and Best Director (Kathryn Bigelow),” pronounced Time Magazine’s Richard Corliss. “‘Zero Dark Thirty’ and Kathryn Bigelow won major critics’ prizes on Sunday, confirming the Osama bin Laden manhunt thriller as an Oscar frontrunner,” said Entertainment Weekly. The film “looks like the movie to beat right now” as the critics’ awards “landscape is dominated by Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty,'” reported the Washington Post’s Jen Chaney.

    But then political writers had begun to notice what film critics either failed to detect or just wilfully ignored. The film falsely depicted torture as instrumental in the finding of Osama bin Laden (“what is so unsettling about ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ is not that it tells this difficult history but, rather, that it distorts it”, said the New Yorker’s Jane Mayer). Beyond the torture falsehoods, it was a blatant vehicle for CIA propaganda, bolstering a worldview exclusively out of Langley (“This is not a coincidence. The CIA played a key role in shaping the film’s narrative,” reported BuzzFeed’s Michael Hastings; the CIA “couldn’t have asked for better product placement”, said the New York Times’ Timothy Egan; as a result, said The Atlantic’s Peter Maass: “Zero Dark Thirty represents a new genre of embedded filmmaking that is the problematic offspring of the worrisome endeavor known as embedded journalism”). In sum, said MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, the film “colludes with evil” (a long but very partial list of writers, filmmakers, FBI agents and even government officials who similarly denounced the film is here).

    (Guardian). That was the review I gave it when it was extolled by a guest blogger here.

    Propaganda is as propaganda does.

  3. Back in the late 60’s and early 70’s when Maoists abounded on the Left, I had a close fried with a Masters in Chinese history. His take on Mao and the Chinese Communists was that it was a system undifferentiated from the past governace by Emperor. History has proven him correct and most of our American Maoists o doubt became Republicans.

  4. Mike – and why wouldn’t they? There is so much they love there.
    They often praise the judicial system for its efficiency
    They love the economic system where workers are totally beholden to their masters
    They are desperately trying to emulate the Chinese governance and regulation of health and safety
    Though I think they prefer to present the Singapore face (putative democracy fronting for totalitarian oligarchy) the current Chinese system is the real end point for todays GOP

  5. It speaks volumes that the “cops” in a dictatorship like the PRC didn’t immediately arrest him and drag him out of there. Not losing “face” and avoiding confrontation may be important to confucianist cultures, but even the most timid person is going to have limits on what will be tolerated. Only the “privilege” of rampant corruption could make someone think that behaviour is permissible.

    Then again, it’s not the first such incident I’ve heard of. Here’s one of a woman in Hong Kong, and she’s not one of the wealthy elite:

    Cripes, I once got detained for 20 minutes in Hong Kong because I had a 60ml bottle of contact lens solution, the manufacturer’s seal still intact. I can’t imagine what would have happened to me if I had made a scene or been uncooperative.

  6. China has long switched from being a communist to a fascist nation. Oppressed workers, banned independent unions, sweatshop conditions, wealthy elite who enjoy favors with the government. Yep, just like much of the 19th Century.

  7. Politicians in ALL countries have a “Don’t you know who I am” attitude. That is except for Democrats..they would never act like this.

  8. If that was in America, he would have been tasered, pepper sprayed and beaten with batons and then subjected to cavity searches..

  9. These video recorded responses to missed flights are actually quite common in China. I would say that they were surprisingly placid in my experience. You should see what happens when baggage is misrouted in China.

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