Chinese authorities are cracking down further on disruptive travelers. At the beginning of June, the government published a passenger blacklist that identified information on 169 Chinese who have been banned from air or rail travel. In total, 86 individuals are banned from air travel for a full year after breaking one of the nine rules that have that been established by the new Ministry of Culture and Tourism, whose responsibilities consolidate those of other government agents that dealt with travel and tourism. The full list of the 86, along with offenses, is available online. Here is the link: http://www.caac.gov.cn/XXGK/XXGK/XZQL/HYXYGL/201805/P020180524390037034465.pdf.
Moreover, banned passengers can also be searched on the government website Credit China (信用中国) by name and citizen identification number. As reported by Jing Travel, the following offenses can lead to placement on the blacklist:
—Bringing banned items on board such as lighters, knives, tear gas, electroshockers, handcuffs, and bullets
—Using other people’s IDs to take flights
—Picking quarrels on the plane
—Disobeying cabin orders
—Smoking on the plane
—Making up and spreading terror information
—Forceful boarding, intercepting an aircraft, intruding on the pilot cabin, runway, or apron
—Hindering or inciting others to hinder boarding and security checks, or attacking others
—Stealing people’s belongings in the cabin
This year, the 86 people banned from air travel had each broken one of the rules one through five, with no recorded incident of passengers breaking the last four rules.
It is not exactly clear if airlines and/or other travel companies are expected to use this information to do the report information on offenders to Chinese authorities, or if the purpose is simply to same or embarrass those named.
The Next Step: The government is not targeting travelers alone. The new Ministry of Culture and Tourism is going to launch a platform to “regulate and supervise the tourism industry.” Not much is known about the move except that it will be used primarily to make it easier for customers to monitor travel agencies and tour guides, as well as file complaints.