An aircraft passenger boarding a Chinese Hainan airlines domestic flight was arrested as he could be seen on camera throwing “lucky coins” on the hull of the aircraft and in the direction of the already rotating jet engines.
According to the Chinese authorities, this is a 31-year-old man with extreme fear of flying who was about to make a domestic flight with airline Hainan Airlines. He is the third arrestee in two weeks.
The traveler was arrested as security cameras in the “trunk” in the direction of the aircraft registered that he was throwing something outside. Shortly afterwards two coins were found on the asphalt beneath the aircraft, after which the man was arrested. Xia, the man in question, traveled with his wife and their four-month-old baby to his mother-in-law.
During his interrogation, the traveler said that he had thrown the coins after an urgent advice from his mother-in-law.
“According to her, that brought happiness, because our child would fly for the first time.”
The man stays in custody for at least ten days. His wife and child were allowed to fly from Wuhan Tianhe International Airport in Hubei Province to their final destination.
As a result of the incident, the flight was delayed by almost an hour and around 100 passengers would have been seriously affected because they missed transfer flights. The financial damage will be fully recovered from the “luck seeker.”