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05/28/2013

Getting angry over a delayed plane

This video of angry passengers attacking an employee of the low-cost airline Viva Aerobus is causing a stir on the internet. The video was posted two days ago, although it isn't clear when the delay occurred. The flight was to depart Mexico City for Monterrey. Passengers got angry with the lack of clarity of when-- or even whether -- the flight would take off. So a lady lunges at the employee and hits him in the face, sparking similar reactions from others. The shouts in the background indicate that passengers thought the employee was making fun of them. A news story in El Universal says no security agents came to the scene to maintain order. Of course, this sort of thing can happen in any nation on earth. There was this video from February showing an extraordinarily violent tantrum by a Chinese official when he was told he'd missed his flight. Keep calm, fellow flyers! 

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