I suspect I have a reader or two who may at some point in their life have booked a refundable airline ticket in order to get airside, in order to access a specific lounge, or something.
Well, whatever you did, it likely paled in comparison to what happened in Hong Kong over the weekend.
Three enthusiastic K-pop fans booked a ticket on a Korean Air flight from Hong Kong to Seoul Incheon that Korean pop band “Wanna One” was on. The band had performed in Hong Kong at the 2018 M-net Asian Music Awards the night before, so I guess it wasn’t too tough for them to figure out what flight they were on (it’s unknown whether the crazed fans had specific intel, or just guessed).
The three fans allegedly mobbed the musicians when they boarded, and ignored requests from the crew to sit down. They even apparently had posters of the band with them.
Once they were done mobbing the musicians they said they no longer wanted to fly to Incheon, and got off the plane and requested a refund (since they had fully refundable tickets).
One thing I didn’t realize is that Hong Kong’s aviation laws require that everyone deplane and be screened again when someone decides not to take a flight (that’s not the case in the US, as far as I know). So the flight ended up incurring a significant delay because of that.
(Tip of the hat to SINJim)