Jeju Airport in South Korea saw itself confronted with hoards of Chinese tourists who shopped at the airport’s Duty Free shop and then left behind packaging all over the departure area.
South Korea and Jeju Island in particular has seen a spike in problems associated with the influx of tourists from Mainland China recently including an incident where 100 passengers were denied entry during the Golden Week holiday and had to spend it an immigration detention facility.
The Korea Times (access here) reported about this most recent incident in Jeju.
Jeju airport is grappling with overflowing garbage from Chinese tourists.
Gates for international flights on the third floor of Jeju International Airport are teeming with rubbish from duty free goods purchased by Chinese tourists, according to Jeju newspaper Jemin Ilbo.
When tourists purchase duty free goods outside the airport, they have to pick them up from a designated area at the departure gate. The problem arises when the tourists rip the wrapping from the items at the gate before boarding, to reduce their size and weight. Then they leave the rubbish on the floor.
Staff from duty free shops and cleaners have asked Chinese tourists to use dumpsters, and even gave them garbage bags. The Korea Airports Corporation in Jeju has also taken action by increasing the number of cleaners at the gate from two to three.
“We will keep reinforcing the sanitation team at the gates for international flights,” an official from the airport told The Korea Times.
He said the airport has special areas around the gate where tourists can dump the rubbish and airport staffs have been reminding them of the regulations.
“Even though there is still lots of rubbish left after they depart, less of them are dumping it on the floor after we’ve taken action,” the official said. “Those who keep throwing waste on the floor might face fines as a penalty in the future.”
I’ve never seen passengers get rid of all their packaging before boarding a flight. Do the airlines ex Jeju limit their passengers so much in carry on to the point of where even the Duty Free is above the limit?
Unfortunately this type of behavior doesn’t add to the improvement of Chinese tourists abroad. I don’t get why it’s so hard for them to follow regulations and civilized ways of disposing garbage in designated trash bins instead of littering all over the place. Let’s see if the airport authorities will be successful in enforcing their rules in the future.