PHUKET: Dozens of Chinese tourists, faced with a 10-hour delay in flying home from a Bangkok airport, burst into a song that may have been the national anthem late on Friday.
Their flight was scheduled to take off from Don Muang International Airport at 5pm but was delayed until 3am the next day, the Shanghai-based news portal Thepaper.cn reported.
A video clip filmed on a mobile phone of the emotional Chinese tourists singing what may have been the national anthem went viral in China over the weekend.
''They were scheduled to take a flight by Orient Thai Airlines, but the fight was delayed and the [Chinese] tourists were quite discontented,'' said a woman airport worker, according to a report published in the South China Morning Post.
''Thirty three of the passengers refused to leave [the departure hall after the others boarded.''
The worker, who did not want to be named, told Thepaper.cn news that the passengers began to sing in the departures hall. She was not sure what song it was, but guessed it ''was probably their national anthem''.
She added that she was not aware that any of the passengers had been taken away by Thai police, as claimed by some internet users.
An internet user from Chongqing who uploaded the video on in his Weibo account wrote: ''Flight delayed, Thai airport employees force Chinese tourists to leave [the departure hall], so the Chinese tourists sang the national anthem together,'' he wrote.
''This was no disrespect by Thailand to tourists. It is China being belittled.''
Orient Thai Airlines did not reply to inquiries from the South China Morning Post.
In April, the China National Tourism Administration announced that it would ''blacklist'' travellers who behave inappropriately or illegally abroad.
A number of complaints have been made about the actions of Chinese tourists in the Phuket region, including washing feet in hand basins in public toilets on the island of Phi Phi.
VIDEO Chinese tourists sing over Bangkok flight delay