A Yunnan mining official has been suspended from work and could face criminal charges after being caught on video destroying an airport check-in counter.
Yan Linkun (严林昆), deputy chairman of the Yunnan Mining Corporation, was suspended Saturday after a security video of him smashing computers and generally throwing a fit was posted online. He will also face disciplinary action from the Qujing government, to which he is an advisor.
After arriving late to Kunming Changshui International Airport for his flight to Shenzhen, Yan rebooked tickets for him and his family for later in the day. He failed to show up on time for the second flight as well. Upon hearing he would not be allowed to board, Yan screamed at airport staff and then smashed two computers.
Oddly, although airport security staff can clearly be seen in the video, no one attempted to stop Yan after he began destroying things. He was not arrested but Kunming police are considering whether Yan will be charged with a crime.
Video of the tantrum has gone viral on the internet and already spawned its own Baidu page. Yunnan Mining Corporation officials were quick to suspend Yan and ordered him to apologize. In a statement released over the weekend, Yan said:
I failed to be a qualified political adviser as well as a good father...My irrational actions and rudeness have caused some losses to the airport as well as bad effects to the public, so I sincerely apologize to the airport and public. I am willing to compensate.
Kunming's airport has been generating a lot of publicity this year, most of it bad. In January, dense fog led to hundreds of flight cancellations that stranded thousands of people. More recently, police used pepper spray to subdue unruly passengers who tried to break through a security gate.
Editor's note: GoKunming would like to thank user Chingis for originally posting the video of Yan in the forums section.