China to Begin Keeping Records of Tourists Behaving Badly Abroad

Did you know that the China National Tourism Administration (CNTA) is now keeping tabs on bad behavior by Chinese tourists? The agency says that records will be maintained by local and national authorities for up to two years.  On the list of trackable offenses are “public transportation incidents including flights, damaging public facilities or historical relics, ignoring social customs at tourism destinations, and becoming involved with gambling or prostitution.” Violations can also be forwarded on to the authorities.

Yahoo reports that the tracking comes after several international incidents involving Chinese tourists:

  • In January, police in southwestern China detained a group of tourists after one of them actually opened the emergency exit doors on their plane as it was pushing off from the terminal. The group reportedly was upset about the plane’s long delay.
  • Last December, a crying baby led to a mid-flight brawl between three women during an Air China Flight.
  • Also in December, a Chinese woman on an AirAsia flight from Bangkok to China apparently threw a cup of hot noodles on a flight attendant as her travel companion threatened to blow up the plane.
  • In 2013, a Chinese teenager scratched his name on the wall of an ancient temple in Egypt.

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