BEIJING, China – A woman reportedly downed a $200 bottle of cognac after airport security officials attempted to confiscate the liquor – only to be denied boarding as she was “too drunk to fly”.
The woman, who is being identified only by her surname of Zhao, was allegedly seen rolling about on the floor of Beijing Capitol International Airport, according to the Beijing Times.
Police officers described the woman, believed to be in her 40s, as screaming and shouting.
“She was so drunk… she couldn’t even stand up herself. We took her to a room in a wheelchair so she could rest,” the South China Morning Post reported an officer as saying.
The woman had attempted to carry a bottle of Rémy Martin XO Excellence – typically sold for at least $200 – onto her flight to Wenzhou, having bought the alcohol in the United States.
Passengers can only carry liquids under 100ml in their hand luggage on flights.
After she downed the cognac, the captain of her flight barred the woman from boarding as he was concerned she might hurt herself. Zhao was collected by her relatives after sleeping it off.