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in today's wtf news: Wanna One sasaengs force hundreds of passengers off plane

The selfish behavior of three K-pop idol fans on a plane has forced hundreds of other passengers to disembark just before take-off.

On Saturday, some 360 passengers on board a Seoul-bound Korean Air flight at the Hong Kong International Airport were forced to disembark, causing a serious delay. According to industry sources, three passengers in their 20s ― two from China and one from Hong Kong ― abruptly asked to leave the plane just before it was about to take off.

The three turned out to be fans of K-pop group Wanna One that performed at the 2018 M-net Asian Music Awards (MAMA) on Friday. The three passengers ― said to have been carrying placards of the idol group ― booked one first-class seat, one business, and one economy ― to get a closer look at the idol band members, who was scheduled to take the same flight. When the K-pop band got on board, the fans flocked to where they were seated despite flight attendants' warnings. Shortly after, the fans demanded a refund and tried to get off the plane just minutes before takeoff.

According to aviation law, if even one passenger gets off the plane before takeoff, all passengers must also get off and go through security checks again for safety reasons. Flight attendants told the fans about this, but the three insisted they wanted to get off the plane, forcing hundreds of passengers to disembark and go through another round of screening, which delayed the flight departure for about an hour. Korean Air not only had to give the three passengers a refund, but also had to compensate for the delayed flight.

The South Korean air carrier asked Hong Kong police to investigate the three passengers, but the police refused, because nobody on the plane reported any damage.

source: koreatimes
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modestgoddess79 17th-Dec-2018 08:40 pm (UTC)
they should've have been given a refund, giving their money back will encourage them to do it again
sasstronaut 17th-Dec-2018 08:42 pm (UTC)
i feel like every time i hear about this group it's just about their fans being nuts
benihime99 17th-Dec-2018 08:43 pm (UTC)
My posssssssssssssssssst

The company should sue on whatever ground they can find tbh
The fact that they asked for a refund is beyond bullshit
goshipgurl 17th-Dec-2018 08:47 pm (UTC)
heheheheheheeheh sorry
jaelissi 17th-Dec-2018 08:54 pm (UTC)
They got a refund AND got off scott free? This is happening again.
keithfan_sra 17th-Dec-2018 09:00 pm (UTC)
Insane. That poor staff and crew and passengers. Can they make laws/rules banning fans from flights? Probably not but something has to change.
mikachi613 17th-Dec-2018 09:18 pm (UTC)
more likely that they'd be charged for fraud, but that'd be in the US rather than Asia
sra_interesante 17th-Dec-2018 09:09 pm (UTC)
oohh my 👀 i just hope at some point goverment feeis the need to create strict regulations/bans for sasaengs and their stalker behaviour

its kinda sad nothing those delicuents are doing seem to bother korean authorities ... like what are they expecting? that idols end up hurt or something even worse??
babyjenkski 19th-Dec-2018 06:51 am (UTC)
This happened in Hong Kong. I'm not sure if other countries have the same issues as with Korean authorities and their airports.
baekpedaling 17th-Dec-2018 09:40 pm (UTC)
Wait? If Wanna One was on the plane why did they get off?
Or am I reading this wrong?
pinklunacy 17th-Dec-2018 09:52 pm (UTC)
From what I gathered in the article, they only wanted to get close enough to wanna one to snap a few pictures, and then get off the plane so they could get their money back. Probably never intended to travel all the way to Korea nor spend a penny. This is truly disturbing.

pinklunacy 17th-Dec-2018 09:57 pm (UTC)
In what alternative universe disembarking right before take off gets you a full refund of your ticket???

Anyway, these people are disturbed. Korean Air should sue :((

topazera 17th-Dec-2018 11:56 pm (UTC)
Seriously! I can't get a refund if I change my mind two weeks before traveling, how do they get one when it's two minutes??
ohbubbajoan 17th-Dec-2018 10:39 pm (UTC)
They decided to leave the plane and still got a refund??? in Brasil they'd force they to pay for everyone else ticket probably
nana_the_dwarf 17th-Dec-2018 11:10 pm (UTC)
How are they not charged with something or even sued?
Fuck them.
hpn88 17th-Dec-2018 11:51 pm (UTC)
wanna one's company should sue them for harrassment. i mean the band is disbanding so its not like they have anything to lose plus that could discourage this behavior. or a passenger should sue.
lil_poisonfrog 18th-Dec-2018 12:59 am (UTC)
I'm just gonna say it--I'm so glad this group is disbanding. Their fandom is technically smaller than BTS or EXO yet their fans are somehow worse than either of those groups (and have had a shorter time to prove that). I blame Produce. Just like the girls' seasons attract the creepiest uncle fans, the boys' season attracted all the unstable girls looking for a mediocre dude to worship bc they don't love themselves. I know that's basically the K-pop industry in general but I feel like the show capitalizes on the worst qualities of fans more than anything else.

Edited at 2018-12-18 01:01 am (UTC)
dior_chic 18th-Dec-2018 01:04 am (UTC)
I’m glad it’s coming to an end too
jyusou 18th-Dec-2018 01:06 am (UTC)
How were they allowed a refund? Should have called the police on their asses.
dropit87 18th-Dec-2018 02:12 am (UTC)
I hope they get in trouble.How inconsiderate to mess up everyone's travel plans.
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