A group of mainland travellers on board a Singapore Airlines flight took over 30 sets of stainless steel tableware and refused to hand them back to flight attendants until warned repeatedly by a tour guide.
According to news reports on South China Morning Post and Qianjiang Evening News, the passengers were mainly from a small town in Zhejiang province.
They were on a tour of Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
When they refused to hand over the flight cutlery, which was to be re-used and not disposed of, Singapore Airlines staff were surprised.
It was not clear when the incident took place.
The tourists reportedly said that relatives who had flown with SIA in the past told them they could keep the tableware.
Chinese media reported that the astonished flight attendants then asked a Chinese tour guide for help.
The incident finally ended when the tour guide told the tourists they were hurting China's image abroad.
"Stop hurting the reputation of Chinese people," he said.
The incident follows a number of reports this year on bad behaviour overseas by Chinese travellers. This includes a widely reported incident where a Chinese boy carved his name on a 3,000-year old precious relic during a trip to Egypt.
This prompted China's deputy premier Wang Yang to state publicly that Chinese tourists should improve their behaviour overseas.
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