Woman's Airport Meltdown Becomes YouTube Hit

She screams, she wails, she writhes on the floor.

YouTube has found its latest microcelebrity — a middle-aged Chinese woman who missed her flight from Hong Kong to San Francisco.

In the clip, which has been viewed some 750,000 times since being posted Thursday, the unnamed woman bounces off a security guard at Hong Kong International Airport, runs around shrieking, collapses, rolls on the ground and finally pounds with her hand on the boarding-gate desk while yelling at airline personnel.

"This is inhumane," she screams, according to the Cantonese translation offered by the Australian Associated Press. "What am I going to do, what am I going to do?"

Her male traveling companion appears stressed but maintains his composure.

"All passenger doors had already been closed and the crew was preparing the flight for departure," said a Cathay Pacific Airways spokeswoman regarding the Feb. 4 incident. "As the passengers had failed to show up on time, we had already offloaded their checked baggage to comply with the security requirements."

It's not clear who shot the video, which seems to have been shot with a cell phone.

Cathay Pacific said the woman and her companion managed to catch another flight to San Francisco a few hours later.

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