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Published on Monday, December 18, 2017

Airline to sue unruly passengers for flight delay

Three unruly Japanese passengers have been blacklisted by China Airlines and are facing legal action by the airline.

A China Airlines flight last week from Taiwan to Bangkok was forced to turn back to Taoyuan International Airport after alleged drunken antics by the three passengers.

They have been accused of trying to smoke on the flight and harassing crew members and other passengers.

The flight was carrying 260 passengers and was just 30 minutes into the journey when the pilot decided to turn the aircraft around.

The incident caused a four-hour delay to the flight.

The airline will ban the men from flying again on its aircraft and will seek compensation through legal action to cover their costs, China Airlines president Hsieh Shih-chien said.

He said the airline is calculating the cost of the disruption, including fuel, airport fees and extra staff deployment, which will run into several thousand dollars.

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