Three Chinese air travellers were arrested after a video showed them hitting, throwing food and verbally abusing ground crew over a delayed flight, reports said Tuesday.
Passengers leaving the southern city of Changsha became angry when their flight to the tropical Hainan island province was delayed Monday.
Two men and one female passenger shouted at staff, and the woman threw a boxed meal at a female ground staff member twice. Later, a male passenger slapped another staff member's face and beat her, Changsha.cn reported.
All three travellers were detained by police, the official People's Daily reported.
The rude behaviour of some Chinese tourists at home and abroad has sparked widespread embarrassment and calls for the government to step in.
In December 2014, a flight attendant on a Thai AirAsia flight was scalded when a pot of noodles in hot water was flung at her by a Chinese tourist who was angry about not getting a receipt.
Last year, Beijing began compiling a public black list of Chinese tourists who behave badly in foreign countries.