China’s official Xinhua News Agency said scores of passengers at the Kunming airport smashed computers and desks and scuffled with security Tuesday morning after waiting all night for rescheduled flights without accommodation.
Xinhua said the more than 170 passengers were angry because China Southern Airlines did not provide any hotels or meals for them or tell them when their new flights would be.
"All the passengers had to spend the night on the planes or in the departure hall," Xinhua said. "No one came to tend to their food and board."
It said there was only one China Southern Airlines official at the airport, who could not help the passengers.
Many of the passengers — including toddlers and people over 60 — took taxis to a hotel around 2 a.m. where China Southern said they could stay, only to be turned away once they arrived, Xinhua said.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this story.