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Chinese Visitors claimed they were banned from a German military plane

Chinese Visitors claimed they were banned from a German military plane

Chinese Visitors claimed they were banned from a German military plane

Chinese Visitors claimed they were banned from a German military plane

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  • The incident went viral on Chinese social media, sparking controversy.
  • Another blogger claimed German military staff chased him away and lodged an official complaint.
  • Airbus, the manufacturer, apologized for any inconvenience caused and assured that the aircraft was open to all visitors.
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During a recent airshow, visitors from China claimed that Airbus, the manufacturer, banned them from boarding a German military plane, prompting an apology. The alleged incident occurred at the Singapore Airshow, one of the region’s largest exhibitions of commercial and military aviation.

The claims went viral on Chinese social media, sparking controversy. German officials have not yet commented on the matter. Airbus expressed regret for “any inconvenience caused.”

In one widely-circulated video filmed by a Chinese blogger over the weekend, a woman wearing Airbus identification asks him for his nationality.

The woman approached the man as he attempted to enter an Airbus A400M transport aircraft owned by the German Air Force, the Luftwaffe. She informed him that she needed to check his nationality “because it is a German aircraft.”

When he informs her that he is Chinese, she promptly refuses him entry, stating “its German rules, its military restrictions.” A BBC review authenticated several aspects of the video, including the planes visible in the background and the woman’s ID. Online assertions from other Chinese visitors also confirm that they were not permitted on the plane.

Another blogger claimed that German military staff chased him away and stated that he had lodged an official complaint with the airshow’s organizers, alleging “discrimination against Chinese people.”

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Commenters on Weibo highlighted that Chinese visitors were permitted to visit military aircraft from other countries and criticized Airbus and the German military.

When the BBC approached a representative at the German embassy in Singapore, reporters were referred to Airbus as they were “responsible for security and managing the entrance” to the plane. Questions about the allegations regarding German military staff were left unanswered.

Airbus chose not to comment on the video. However, the European plane manufacturer informed the BBC that they were aware that some visitors at the Singapore Airshow had “raised questions about access” to the A400M plane.

“We immediately communicated and coordinated with the customer and our Airbus teams at the show to ensure that the aircraft was open to all visitors for the remainder of the airshow. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused,” they said. Airbus issued a similar apology on its official Weibo account.

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