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October 31st 2012 print

Philippa Martyr

Rocky dawn of that Asian Century

Kevin Rudd had a reputation for airborne surliness when still jetting about the world, as a balled-out flight attendant could testify. Just lately he has missed a chance to redeem himself


Gosh, where’s Kevin Rudd when you actually need him?


Australia’s bright new future in the Asian Century just got off to a flying start – literally. A Jetstar pilot and crew were held hostage for more than six hours by a mob of angry passengers after their flight was diverted from Beijing to Shanghai because of bad weather.

But, thankfully, the cabin manager spoke fluent Mandarin and was able to communicate with the angry mob. 

Repeat after me:

放下手中的 塑料餐具. 我们可以谈论这一点.

"Put down the plastic cutlery. We can talk about this."

Philippa Maryr blogs at Transverse City