Chinese PhD student slaps airport staff who refused late check-in, gets banned from Air France flights

A female flight passenger has been placed in 10 days detention and blacklisted by Air France after she slapped an airport staffer in central China.

The woman was angered after she was told by ground crew that the check-in for her flight from Wuhan to Paris had closed fourteen minutes before she arrived.

Airport staff advised her to alter or refund her tickets, but the woman refused to do so and said she was taking part in an important conference.

She then rushed to the staff working area and slapped a staffer twice after failing to get clearance to board, reports South China Morning Post.

Police were called and arrested the woman, who has been blacklisted from taking Air France flights.

The woman, a 36-year-old doctoral student from a prestigious university in Wuhan, was with her husband and child when she slapped the staffer.