SHOCKING footage shows cabin crew tackling an airline passenger who deliberately coughed on staff, it is claimed.
The dramatic unverified video was allegedly filmed on board a Thai Airways flight in Shanghai on Friday.
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The clip was shared online by YouTube user Fugu M, who claimed the plane had landed at the city’s Pudong International Airport but was left waiting seven hours for a gate as a result of tighter coronavirus screening.
Tensions on board boiled over when a female passenger started deliberately coughing on staff to get them to open the doors and let her off, according to Fugu M.
They wrote: “One Chinese woman went stir crazy on a Thai Airways flight and deliberately coughed on a female flight attendant to try to pressure staff to open the doors and let her out.
“Senior male flight attendant was having none of it, warned her, then a scuffle ensued.
“He was going to put her in cuffs, but eventually chose not to.”
Footage claiming to capture the aftermath shows an air steward holding the struggling woman in a headlock.
He calls out for help as she writhes around, with more staff members in surgical masks coming running down the aisle to his aide.
Quickly donning rubber gloves, they pile on top to restrain the screaming passenger.
One can be heard trying to calm the woman down, pleading in English: “Stay down! Stay down, please!”
Sun Online has contacted Thai Airways for comment, but has not yet been able to independently verify the video.
Social media users were quick to condemn the woman’s alleged actions.
One person tweeted: “Lock her up. Coughing on somebody deliberately is sick!”
Another commented: “Maybe don't purposefully cough on someone during a pandemic!”
Others were more sympathetic about her frustration, but still criticised her alleged behaviour.
One wrote: “I'd definitely have been getting into a crappy mood too. But yea, her actions were uncalled for.”
And a second said: “I kind of understand her behaviour but to express it this way in situation like this is not wise at all.”
More than 80,000 people have been infected with coronavirus in China, with over 3,000 dying from the disease.
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