The man who infamously took out all his worldly frustrations on a Kunming airport kiosk has been sentenced to jail time. Yan Linkun (严林昆), formerly a county adviser in Qujing (曲靖), received a six-month prison sentence yesterday from magistrates in the Guandu District People's Court of Kunming.
Yan and his family's woes began on February 22 while they were trying to catch a flight from Kunming Changshui Airport en route to Guangzhou. The Yans missed their original flight and were required to buy tickets for one later in the day. They then retired to an airport restaurant to wait.
Upon arriving late a second time and again not being allowed to board, Yan apparently lost his mind. His ensuing tantrum was filmed by airport security cameras and later released online. It became one of many viral examples indicative of what many Chinese netizens have come to identify as a an emerging over-entitled ruling class.
The video shows Yan begin by pushing on closed gate doors while his female companion shouts and points at members of the airport staff. Ratcheting up the aggression a bit, Yan then destroys two computers before turning his attention to an advertisement sign, which he grabs and bangs against a set of glass doors.
Following his fit, Yan was immediately dismissed from his advisory position in Qujing and later relieved of his services as vice chairman at Yunnan Mining Corporation. He eventually also apologized personally to airport staff.
Despite his publicized remorse, on Wednesday Yan was convicted of intentional destruction of property. In addition to his six-month prison stay, which includes a suspended one-year sentence, Yan will have to pay for any and all damages he inflicted at the airport.
Yan's conviction caps off a rough inaugural year for Yunnan's showpiece, 33.5 billion yuan, airport. In January, dense fog led to hundreds of flight cancellations, stranded thousands of people and caused near riot traveller reactions. More recently, police used pepper spray to subdue unruly passengers who tried to break through a security gate.
Below, one more time for your viewing pleasure, is the one-hit wonder that landed Yan in jail.
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