Security Breached at Beijing Airport After Family Smuggles Child Onto Flight

Security protocols at Beijing Capital International Airport are being questioned after a passenger was able to bypass all security checks and board a flight without a ticket on Sunday.

An airport representative confirmed to the Beijing Youth Report that a parent smuggled his or her child past security checkpoints and check-in registration yesterday, and was only discovered by the flight crew in the passenger cabin just before takeoff.

The extra passenger prompted the airport to undergo extra procedures, forcing all passengers to disembark and undergo security clearance for a second time while the plane underwent another security check.

As a result, Juneyao Airlines flight HO1252 from Beijing to Shanghai was delayed five hours, pushing back its scheduled departure of 6.55am until 11.59am.

The incident was first publicized by a Weibo user on Sunday who said a family of four had only purchased seats for three. Other accounts described the family as consisting of five members.

Chinese netizens reacted to the story by criticizing airport for allowing this security breach to occur. "Just how was this person able to bypass both security and the check-in?" asked one person while another guessed, "Could it be that he is invisible?"

Last June, a 16-year-old stowaway from Sichuan named Xu secretly boarded a flight to Dubai from Shanghai because he heard beggars can earn upwards of USD 70,000 a month there. In 2003, two men possessing Turkish documents mysteriously fell onto a Chinese village after stowing away on an Air France flight bound for Shanghai.

Already plagued by frequent delays, passengers on Chinese airlines have to contend with a number of incidents that make air travel in China especially tedious.

In addition to poor weather, flights at Chinese airports have been delayed by flying lanterns, passengers opening emergency doors after specifically told not to do so, and even by a superstitious passenger throwing coins into an airline engine for "good luck."

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The China Bureau of Civil Aviation recently concluded that Sunday's incident was all just a misunderstanding, explaining that the family of five -- whom have never traveled by air before -- did not buy a ticket for their 4 year-old daughter because they thought "travel is free for children under 1.2 meters in height."  

For this reason, the bureau decreed this incident does not constitute "criminal activity," and no punishments will be given out save a stern "talking" provided by police. 

Considering our universal distaste for misunderstandings, that may great and all, but there is still the matter of other passengers on the same flight delayed by five hours. Seeing as time is money, Juneyao Airlines has decided to offer inconvenienced passengers a paltry compensation worth 200 RMB each.  

As for how the family was able to bypass Beijing Airport security, the CAC hasn't ruled on that so far, but we're guessing there may yet be another wacky misunderstanding to behind it all.


what was the age of his or her child?

~~“Who looks outside, dreams; who looks inside, awakes.” ~~.

Not surprised. I mean that airport is complete shit. Those Chinese pay attention to nothing except their stupid phones. Not really the best and brightest in Beijing.

haha, bullshit,,,, cheap asses tried to cheat the system,,, no excuse for that... especially the security people,,, you cant go through without a boarding pass... that group is in deep shit... as for the passenger, they knew what they were doing to get though security.... cheated the system well...

Being stupid is the norm in China. Surprised some of these people are able to get out of bed everyday. Really surprised...

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