An anonymous woman who on 4 February demonstrated at Hong Kong airport exactly how not to deal with missing your flight has become a huge YouTube celeb after the mother of all tantrums was caught on camera: The drama queen in question was apparently en route, or not in this case, to San Francisco on Cathay Pacific. A …
Props to the Staff
If I had been on the desk I would have been wetting myself laughing at her, what a child. Unfortunately I really fear for the offspring of this one, although I wonder if they taught her how to tantrum ;)
It's really annoying when you miss a flight.
Paris, because you can't spend your whole life worrying about what you do showing up on YouTube,
Why the hidden camera?
Do we know why the check-in staff had a hidden camera secreted on their person? Given that it would be picking up all the names etc. on the flight itinery, I think that's a bit dodgy. What were they planning to do with the recording? I'm assuming they weren't just recording on the offchange of a loony passenger turning up...
cancelling that Asian bride order
before she reaches passport control
How very chinese
A little empress, methinks.
Although I like how she whines for 90 seconds, takes a short break, gets a second wind and then whines for 90 more. Good lungs there. Good show. Or rather, quite pathetic show. Epic fail.
lol @ her
It's really funny but...
the real indictment here is on Cathay Pacific staff who think it's acceptable to stand behind the counter and film a very distressed customer's reactions on their mobiles.
Middle-aged lady, I wonder if this was her first flight?
And this is newsworthy?
It must really be a slow day at El reg if they have to resort to these 'news' articles to fill the front page...
RE: Why the hidden camera?
@ Waggers: Here in the 21st century, most people in developed countries carry what are called "mobile phones". I won't go into all the tecnology, but most of these "mobiles" contain a camera with video recording functionality. They have a handy feature whereby you can turn on the video recording functionality whenever you want to - so you don't have to leave it running the whole time in the hope that something interesting will happen in front of it.
Reminds me of this (woman took the wrong bus, and got lost for 25 years, because she could not speak the language and did not have enough money or knowledge to get home. She survived by begging and sleeping rough for 25 years, her family thought she was dead in Malaysia):
Sometimes missing a connection, can be like a near death sentence to some people, so it's not so surprising she's so upset.
@ Monty Cantsin
"...most of these "mobiles" contain a camera with video recording functionality"
Unless it's an iphone.
@Why the hidden camera
Of course in all likelihood she was well aware of the hidden camera and simply decided to get herself on YouTube.
I know just how she feels.
Surely to go off like that she must have had the painters in, otherwise god help us all come rag week!
lol, I thought exactly the same at waggers comment!
Re: Rag Week
I was going to reject this but then I thought I'd accept it just to show you up. You disgust me. That is all.
Lucky she didn't do it in US/UK
They tend to Taser/pepper spray first and ask questions later. She got off lightly.
"I thought I'd accept it just to show you up"
Er, how does publishing a comment by an "Anonymous Coward" show them up?
Call that a tantrum? She's just throwing her toys out of the pram. They had proper tantrums in my day. For a real tantrum check Keith Moon or Elton John. Oh yes.
Times are a changin' tho...
Re: Rag Week
I hardly feel you can take the moral high ground over the anonymous coward there. Do you have a transcript of what this woman is saying? Are you clear that it's "just" a tantrum and she isn't highly disturbed, whether emotionally or mentally? Looking at the comments on Youtube there's a whole series of mocking and racist comments, and what I've read here seems little better. Oh, but it's The Register, and so effortlessly superior to the blogosphere echo chamber, so you're all right, right?
not a tantrum
Does not look look like a spoiled brat or tantrum episode to me. The lady involved seems more panicked and afraid than angry. Did she have a child aboard the aircraft? Shouldn't jump to conclusions about behavior. Won't lead to understanding.
bloody pathetic !
Ok i can undertand the theatrics if might get you somewhere But the fact is they are not going to reverse back down the runway and let hre jump onboard !!!
silly to do all that it wont get you anywhere, except pissing off the staff who are less likley to help you
This is a woman who does not have a stomach ulcer.
All those around her do.
flipping the coin
Is there a translated transcript? Cause, boy, I'd like to have an idea on the... the WHY. Also, on the one hand, we see that the people in Hong Kong polite and civilized, as she did NOT get the taser-mistreatment everyone here seems to expect as the "normal" result of stepping out of line anywhere on an airport, but then why would one be so disappointed about not being able to leave that place? Translation. Please.
Lucky she isn't in Canada
Our RCMP tazer people to death (literally) for pulling s$#t like this in airports.
Re: Rag week
Absolutely, Ms Bee. Menstrual jokes are not funny. Period.
what if it was a much sadder story that we think ?
She could have been fleeing some prostitution ring and be scared of getting killed for it,
or had to get there in time to give a lung (which we noticed worked quite well) or a kidney ?
The pink-shirted gentleman
I might be reading this wrong, but I think she's travelling with him. And I'm guessing from his body language that he's embarrassed but not surprised.
I'd have recorded this. Even if only for evidence should she have accidentally hurt herself.
Did anyone read the story?
quote: we had already offloaded their checked baggage to comply with the security requirements end-quote
So she was in the airport, it is not like she had been stuck in traffic. She was one of those who fail to show at the gate and every one else has to wait whilst a call goes out for the passengers, then wait some more as their bags are unloaded.
I have no sympathy for her.
Clearly a wannabe 'celebrity'
Well done ....... a 1st class audition!
She's amply demonstrated many of the atributes necessary to score big points with the media ....... all she has left to do now is: prove that she's tone-deaf, dance with a pensioner or know someone who knows a football player to have completely cracked it!
Strewth, she even appears to have attended the Naomi Campbell School of Social Awareness Coaching.
It'll only be a matter of time now before she gets her own Reality TV show. Hoorah!
I can hardly wait.
@ Rag Week - that's really low ........ are you a 'celebrity' too?
@Re: Rag Week
good call ....but it would of made my day better if you have just declined to publish
@Lucky she didn't do it in US/UK
My thoughts as well i can not see anyone getting away with that in the UK or US. Well not without being put on a no fly / please report to your re-education centre list.
Re: Rag Week
Of course I can take the moral high ground. Suggesting that a woman is flipping the fuck out because she's got her period is manifestly moronic, offensive and base. It's not the only moronic and offensive standpoint expressed around here, but I tend to have a go at many of the others, too.
Re: Rag week
See, *that* wasn't unfunny. It's all about context and intention, y'know?
RE: Ron Eve
Ah, what you didn't realise is that this is really Naomi Campbell travelling in disguise, and what she's really miffed about is she can't find her Blackberry to throw at someone.
Re: Rag week
Dear Sarah, keep in mind that some of the geeks have no social interaction with women beyond work. There for women are a foreign species to them even they the did have mothers I think. So they have no Idea how to deal with women. If s women were to touch them with a hint of sexuality their heads would explode.
Either that or they are a US experiment gone horrible wrong .An experiment were they up the IQ of a beer drinking knuckle dragging red neck . Just enough so that he can get on the net a type .
Double standards (again)
I once filmed a Ryanair door staff refusing a disabled man entry at the gate and was told that I would be arrested if I continued to film in the "sensitive security area".
Re: Rage week
Indeed, although no harm in allowing the knuckle-dragging geeks amongst us a run of the leash; in much the same way us boorish, Neanderthal males let Modern Man anachronisms such as ITV's Loose Women slide by, without a whisper of indignation.
What? No subtitles?
What a shame - perhaps some YouTube wag will add some in the next day or two - can't wait! :-D
re: Rag week
Go easy on the knuckle-draggers, Sarah. Most men are just envious that women have any excuse at all, no matter how degrading and overused it is*, whereas men have no such excuse for their non-stop poor behavior. Men have to either rise above disgusting and crude adolescent behavior and become decent, respectable members of society, or become proud of such behavior and call it the "manly" thing as if that's how men are supposed to ask. Sadly, most males seem to choose the latter.
As for the rest of my thoughts, kain summed them up nicely so I needn't repeat them.
* While it is most often males that use menstruation as a ridiculous defense for bad behavior (as opposed to "I fucked up, and now she's pissed at me" or "She's fucking psycho"), it doesn't help that there are many women who still use this reasoning in an effort to get out of something or to explain unexplainable emotional behavior (as if human behavior is something that CAN be explained all the time).
I think I have a way to eliminate the "rag time" line. The first time a man uses it, he'll get a verbal warning. The second time, he'll get a verbal warning and a kick to the balls. The third time, he'll be Bobbitt-ized (it's hard to believe it's been 15 years). As deterrents go, I think it'll be very effective.
Nobody here speaks Cantonese? While mine isn't the best, I'll give it a go. Please see the gentleman in the grey[?] suit and pink shirt holding the tickets. Now then, it's his fault for not getting on the plane earlier. You see if he was on the plane, they would not have left without her. That's about all I can make out with a whine at that particular pitch.
I think she is right, he should have gotten on earlier, with both boarding passes and if he were clever, on an earlier flight.
Oh @ grumpy, how very chav.
Oh when women use that as an excuse , I tell then you know they have come along way in the fields of medicine. Doctors no longer think PMS is in the head. They now have drugs that help with those mood swings.
I do not like when people use gender as an excuse . I do Tech support and it piss me off when I get the occasional women that use her gender as an excuse. I once had a women tell this is to hard , we are women here we have heels
Racism and misogynistic behavior pisses me off , but lately people using gender and race for why they cant do some thing pisses me off more .
Civilised restraint and lack of violence
Impressive that the authorities recognised a freak-out for what it was, and didn't over-react. They were thankfully forbearing. They didn't taze and kill like in the incident with the distraught Polish (?) gentleman at an airport a while back.
Thanks for the lesson, Cathay.
Right to privacy?
What exactly is the relevance of this article to the I.T. industry? It seems that the Reg has lowered itself to the standards of the gutter press by publishing it.
If the story was about how someone's life had been made a misery by youtube showing this video, I would say well done, but no, you perpetuate the ridicule by calling her a “drama queen”. Perhaps the woman in question isn't just going mental, but actually has a real mental illness? It seems to me that if you did have to bring this story to the attention of your readers, then maybe the correct journalist angle would be to question youtube's ethics in not blocking it for its questionable content.
I think there should be more fits thrown whenever possible. Airlines get paid in advance for lousy service and questionable reliability. A missed flight is less than nothing to an airline because they already got the money for it. It is a big deal to an individual. I have missed flights because the same airline couldn't be bothered to arrange connections between it own planes. The explanation was the same cool uncaring " the doors are already closed". Only on at least one occasion they weren't. The gate agent was simply lying..............
Sounds like the Apple Corporation
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@ Sarah Bee
I've seen this quite a few times lately; given your inevitable hostile reaction to anyone who makes a comment that might in any remote way be construed as being disparaging of women... you wouldn't happen to be a member of NOW by any chance would you? Or is it that you just need a holiday away from all the femininically-challenged geeks in here?
Methinks the next Reg meme might be "baiting the Bee"... >;D
Y' know, Sarah ...
Some people aren't cut out to be moderators.
"Of course I can take the moral high ground."
No. You can not. You are a moderator.
"Suggesting that a woman is flipping the fuck out because she's got her period is manifestly moronic, offensive and base."
Wrong. PMS (PMT to the Brits) is a chemical thingie that DOES happen to some woman. Like it or not, it's science, not imagination & schoolboy humor. The first lady I nearly married went off the deep end for three days every month. It wasn't until she was in Vet school that someone convinced her that meds might help ... and indeed might help her get her DVM. She agreed to see a specialist, and was diagnosed with LLPDD, now known as PMDD, and prescribed (I can't remember what). After nearly flunking out of Vet school, she now owns her own practice, is Board Certified in several advanced surgery types, and is overall a hell of a lot happier at that time of the month. She's my friend again, too, which is to me the most important thing.
My wife ovulates on one side three out of four times (as verified at Stanford). The forth time, the dogs & I are on eggshells until she figures it out and says something like "I'm ovulating on the wrong side again, aren't I?" ... If I bring it up before she does, she bites my head off. After she figures it out, she uses the mood swings as a form of hospital humor, in a kind of coping mechanism. She copes without meds, and we are working on a way of me and/or dogs giving her an early warning that she can recognize. So far, it seems the Whippet figures it out before any of us ... The last year or so, he's been demanding lap-time from her during that time, which seems to be working as a flag for her.
"It's not the only moronic and offensive standpoint expressed around here, but I tend to have a go at many of the others, too."
Whatever. See my first line. Moderators should be here to moderate, not comment about personalities. If you must comment, try to be professional about it and do it as a civilian. I speak as a long term (over a quarter century) Usenet and mailing list moderator.
Hong Kong * woman * shopping * shopping * shopping * missed flight * SOMEONE TO BLAME!!!!!
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