A Chinese airline has prompted outrage by publishing controversial precautionary measures for people traveling to London.
A photo of an excerpt from an in-flight Air China magazine warned passengers that they need to be extra-cautious when visiting areas populated by a majority of “Indians, Pakistanis and black people.”
The image was first posted on Twitter by Beijing-based producer Haze Fan of U.S. news channel CNBC.
"London is generally a safe place to travel,” read the comments in the monthly Wings Of China. “However precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians, Pakistanis and black people.”
"We advise tourists not to go out alone at night, and females always to be accompanied by another person when travelling."
Quite understandably, Pakistani, Indian and black communities in London and elsewhere are less than amused after reading the so-called precautions, which are clearly racist.
Really? Yeah eat poop Air China. https://t.co/ktn9mTzW0I— Kunal Nayyar (@kunalnayyar) September 7, 2016
Thanks a lot, Air China. pic.twitter.com/ehb5PSIfCc— Bina Shah (@BinaShah) September 8, 2016
Fuck Air China— ️ (@iluliluli) September 8, 2016
Just saw the Air China magazine passage on tv. What in God's name is this. pic.twitter.com/YBlFfYfTQL— Karl Sharro (@KarlreMarks) September 7, 2016
Following a barrage of criticism, Air China issued an apology, according to Time magazine, via a tweet by its North American business arm, which was later mysteriously taken down.
“We regret and apologize for the offensive language contained in the current issue of our in-flight magazine … Copies of this magazine have been or are being removed from all our flights,” the now-deleted tweet reportedly read.
At least two Labor MPs, Virendra Sharma and Rosena Allin-Khan, demanded an official apology to their constituents from Liu Xiaoming, China’s ambassador to the U.K.
"I am shocked and appalled that even today some people would see it as acceptable to write such blatantly untrue and racist statements,” Sharma said. “I am shocked and appalled that even today some people would see it as acceptable to write such blatantly untrue and racist statements."
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