Yet another airline passenger in China has been detained for throwing coins at a plane before takeoff.
While boarding a China Southern Airlines flight in the Guangxi Zhuang region’s capital of Nanning on Saturday, the female passenger reportedly tossed six coins at the aircraft for good luck, according to the airline.
She was detained shortly afterward, the South China Morning Post reported.
The flight, bound for Bangkok, was delayed by 78 minutes while crews retrieved the coins.
The airline later urged its future passengers to refrain from being “superstitious” on the social networking platform Weibo.
“Abide by aviation safety regulations when taking planes and don't throw things,” the airline wrote.
The incident marks the fifth such instance of a passenger in China tossing coins at a plane in 2019, according to the Morning Post, some of whom were first-time fliers or traveling with first-time fliers. Of those incidents, many have resulted in the delay of the aircraft, and even detainment by police or civil lawsuits. In early April, for instance, a passenger in northwest China was detained for 10 days after tossing three 1-yuan coins at the aircraft he was about to board. According to a report, the man told police that his mother-in-law insisted he practiced the superstitious act for a good flight as it was his four-month-old daughter’s first time flying.
And only weeks prior, Lucky Air reportedly announced its intentions to press charges against a passenger who threw coins at a plane’s engine as part of a superstitious ritual.
"The incident caused a direct economic loss of nearly 140,000 yuan, and our company will press charges against the passenger in accordance with the law," reps for Lucky Air said in a Feb. 22 statement concerning the latter incident. "Not only does tossing coins not give you good luck it will endanger aviation safety and land you in detention. You could be fined and prosecuted."
Representatives for Southern China Airlines were not immediately available to comment on the female passenger’s detainment.
Alexandra Deabler and Janine Puhak contributed to this report.