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Pet bus allows Hong Kong’s pooches to travel

A bus service for dogs provides Hong Kong pet owners with the opportunity to get out and about with their pooches in a city which bans animals from most public transport. Roselle Chen reports......»»

Category: videoSource: reutersMar 20th, 2017

Hong Kong Gold Medalist Claims She Was Sexually Abused By Her Coach When She Was 13 Years Old

Another athlete has accused a team official of sexual assaulting her at a frighteningly young age. Lui Lai Yiu, a gold medalist from Hong Kong, took to Facebook last week to share her own horrifying #MeToo story in hopes of breaking the taboo in Chinese culture surrounding topics related to sex. Inspired by Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney's [...] Another athlete has accused a team official of sexual assaulting her at a frighteningly young age. Lui Lai Yiu, a gold medalist from Hong Kong, took to Facebook last week to share her own horrifying #MeToo story in hopes of breaking the taboo in Chinese culture surrounding topics related to sex. Inspired by Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney's claims of being sexually abused by her team doctor, the 23-year-old revealed that she was sexually assaulted by her then-coach 10 years ago, when she was just 13 years old. Related: Aly Raisman Was Sexually Abused By Gymnastics Team Physician Remembering the incident like it was yesterday, Lui said that her coach called her up on a Saturday and offered to give her a massage. She agreed, since "massages, from the viewpoint of an athlete, are considered absolutely ordinary." Though the two met at the sports ground, Lui recalled her coach suggesting they go to his house instead. She agreed again, because she respected him as a professional. After the massage began, however, the so-called "professional" took full advantage of the middle schooler's trust in him. Lui wrote: "We went to his house, and he pointed for me to lie on the bed. After he pressed on the back of my thighs three or four times with his hands, he said to me that it was hard to massage my legs with my jeans on and suggested I take them off. I trusted him, so I had never imagined he would do something so despicable to his own student. Next, he continued the so-called 'massage.' Finally, he took off my jeans and underwear and touched my private parts." Lui was so stunned, she didn't know how to react at the time. She didn't tell anyone about the incident except for a close friend several years later. Related: Bryan Singer Denies, Denies, Denies Sexual Assault Allegations The athlete was so conflicted, in fact, she continued to keep in touch with the coach -- even wishing him a happy birthday every year -- despite not understanding why she did it. Analyzing her actions at the time, the gold medalist mused: "Perhaps I thought I could deceive myself, tell myself that this never happened." Lui finally decided to come forward after reading about Maroney's experiences, along with learning the news about Lin Yi-han, the Taiwanese author who killed herself after claiming a former teacher sexually groomed and raped her. In response to Lui's admission, Hong Kong's chief executive Carrie Lam asked police to investigate the matter and treat it with the utmost severity. The coach has reportedly been fired. We applaud this brave young woman for coming forward, especially coming from a culture where saying #MeToo isn't exactly embraced with support and warmth -- not yet at least. Read Lui's full post (below): "#metoo I was sexually assaulted by my former coach. This summer, when I read the news about Taiwanese author Lin Yi-han, I felt the urge to share the unhappy experiences from my childhood, but I lacked the courage. A few months ago, after I saw Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney sharing her experiences of being sexually abused by her team doctor, the idea to share my own story resurged. It's been many years since it happened, and today I finally plucked up the courage to tell the truth for three reasons: - to call on people to pay attention to the sexual assault of children - to encourage victims to be brave and come forward to tell their stories - to show the public that topics related to sex should not be treated as awkward or embarrassing and shouldn't be something that can't be discussed publicly. I'm very thankful for McKayla Maroney. Because of her one action, I'm willing to discuss this again, to bravely face the past in the hopes of bringing a positive impact to more people. Ten years ago, when I was around 13 or 14, I met coach Y while participating in extracurricular activities at school. Coach Y put a lot of effort into training me and building my confidence. We often had afternoon tea or lunch together. You could say he was my teacher and also my friend. A year later, my sporting achievements had definitely improved, and it made me further believe that this coach could help me achieve even more. I still remember it was a Saturday around noon. I had just gotten out from cram school when I received a phone call from him. He asked me if my muscles were tense after last week's practice. He said he could help me massage and relax those muscles. Massages, from the viewpoint of an athlete, are considered absolutely ordinary. At the time, I didn't see any issues with that, and in my mind he was still a professional coach. We met at the athletic field. Then he said it was difficult to give me a massage there and suggested going to his house instead. I agreed. Again, I hadn't noticed anything wrong with that, because I was just a middle school student, and because in my eyes he was a coach I respected. We went to his house, and he pointed for me to lie on the bed. After he pressed on the back of my thighs three or four times with his hands, he said to me that it was hard to massage my legs with my jeans on and suggested I take them off. I had trusted him, so I had never imagined he would do something so despicable to his own student. Next, he continued the so-called "massage". Finally, he took off my jeans and underwear and touched my private parts. Even as he took off my underwear, I couldn't react. And so that was what happened. About two years ago, I told this to a very good friend of mine. And to this day, she was the only person who knew about it. Human beings are full of contradictions. I still kept in touch with this coach these past few years. He had taught me for some time, so every year I still wished him happy birthday. Am I insane? How could I wish the coach who sexually assaulted me happy birthday every year? I don't know. Perhaps I thought I could deceive myself, tell myself that this never happened. But I couldn't lie to my body. After that, every time he came close to me, my body would tell me to move back. After that, physical contact was limited to just patting on the head. When I grew up, I'd sometimes come into contact with him, and I'd force myself to say a few words but all I wanted to do was run away. And this only brought about a bunch of gossip about how I was rude and didn't understand the concept of gratitude. After I decided to tell my story, I spent a lot of time debating whether to describe my experiences in detail. On one hand, I didn't want people to put the emphasis on the act itself, but on the other, I wanted everyone to know that the aggressor will rationalize everything and use the victim's trust for him to achieve his goal. I have yet to hear of cases of sexual assault or indecency in the Hong Kong sporting world, but I believe that similar cases do exist. If you unfortunately, like me, have gone through a similar experience, I hope that you will pluck up the courage, seek support from those around you, and no longer be lenient toward offenders. In Chinese culture, topics related to sex have always been considered awkward, embarrassing, and not something you should talk about openly in the the public. Come forward — your courage will affect a lot of people who have travelled down the same road, the same way McKayla did for me. As to my family and those who care about me, please don't blame yourself. Don't feel guilty, because your trust, like mine, was taken advantage of. It wasn't my fault, it wasn't my parents' fault, and it definitely wasn't the school's fault. It was the fault of my offender. As a victim, I don't feel shame. I don't want you to feel sad for me. I want you to applaud me for my courage. "I am not broken. It was not my fault. I am growing strong. I refuse silence." These are the words of a #MeToo victim, and the words of my heart. Today is my 23rd birthday. Telling the truth is a form of release. It's me transitioning from a victim to a survivor. It's a birthday present to myself. If you want to wish me well and show you care, then I hope you will share this post so that the #MeToo movement continues to burn on, touching more people who have been affected and showing the true faces of the offenders. "Is it possible to put an end to this type of abuse? Our silence has given the wrong people power for too long, and it is time to take our power back. And remember, it is never too late to speak up." — McKayla Maroney, 2017 Lui Lai Yiu 11/30/2017" [Image via Facebook.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonDec 8th, 2017

Hong Kong Book Fair introduces first ever theme: Chinese Martial Arts Literature

The 2016 edition of the Hong Kong Book Fair, running July 20-26, will welcome over 600 exhibitors, including newcomers from Chile, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Portugal and Russia. Organized by the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), the Hong Kong.....»»

Category: booksSource: yahooJul 19th, 2016

Singapore’s Zingshot to Play ‘Mahjong’ With Hong Kong Stars

HONG KONG – A mixed cast of Hong Kong and Singapore stars will play off against each other in “King of Mahjong,” a comedy which is now in production. The mahjong comedy is a staple of the Hong Kong film industry, but is new to Singapore. The story f.....»»

Category: topSource: varietyMar 13th, 2017

ICYMI: Pamela Anderson Is A Total Smoke Show At 50 — & Her NUDE Photo Shoot For King Kong Magazine Proves It!

Pamela Anderson is 50 and fabulous. In case you missed it, the Baywatch alum stripped down to her birthday suit for a photo shoot with King Kong magazine. And boy, does the queen still have it!! Related: Victoria's Secret Model Sara Sampaio Calls Out Lui Magazine While the former Playmate has never been shy about showing some skin, [...] Pamela Anderson is 50 and fabulous. In case you missed it, the Baywatch alum stripped down to her birthday suit for a photo shoot with King Kong magazine. And boy, does the queen still have it!! Related: Victoria's Secret Model Sara Sampaio Calls Out Lui Magazine While the former Playmate has never been shy about showing some skin, we're honestly so floored by how incredible the mother-of-two looks. We mean, dammmmmmn. The blonde industry vet collaborated with photographer David LaChapelle and ballet dancer Sergei Polunin for the cover story and spread. It's just too much talent for us to handle! WE TEASE. Be sure to ch-ch-check out their STEAMY AF snaps for yourself (below)... - I said pour yourself a drink.. 🥃 @pamelaanderson & @sergeipolunin 📸#DavidLaChapelle for #kingkongmagazine - out nowA post shared by KING KONG MAGAZINE (@kingkongmagazine) on Oct 8, 2017 at 2:04am PDT - Kiss me quick 🖤 • "David [LaChapelle] is my #soulmate. We push each other, creatively. It’s hard to believe that we could be pushed further than we already have been but this is why we have loved each other so long: it just keeps intensifying". @pamelaanderson on collaborating with the #iconic #DavidLachapelle for #kingkongmagazine #sergeipolunin #pamelaandersonA post shared by KING KONG MAGAZINE (@kingkongmagazine) on Oct 9, 2017 at 12:56am PDT ✨Into the Night 🎬 with @pamelaanderson & @sergeipolunin @david_lachapelle @daveysutton __________ 'The Bad Boy of Ballet & The Bombshell" Out now in #kingkongmagazine #pamelaanderson #sergeipolunin #davidlachapelleA post shared by KING KONG MAGAZINE (@kingkongmagazine) on Oct 9, 2017 at 6:55am PDT And the duo didn't just star in black-and-white images as they also transformed Disney's The Little Mermaid into quite the X-rated spectacle (below). Hot, hot, HOTTTTTT. The Bad Boy & The Bombshell starring @pamelaanderson & @sergeipolunin reimagined by @portiswasp1 🦑 Photo @davidlachapelleofficial Styling @daveysutton • #kingkongmagazine AW17 #davidlachapelle #pamelaanderson #sergeipoluninA post shared by KING KONG MAGAZINE (@kingkongmagazine) on Oct 17, 2017 at 9:20am PDT What do YOU think? Is this Pam's hottest shoot to date?? SOUND OFF in the comments (below)!.....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonOct 26th, 2017

Corey Feldman Ticketed On Misdemeanor Marijuana And Traffic Charges In Louisiana

A small town police department in Louisiana had to jail Corey Feldman overnight after the singer and former child star was arrested on marijuana and traffic charges. On Saturday evening in Mangham, Louisiana, police officers pulled over Corey Feldman's tour bus for speeding. Unbelievably, Feldman himself was driving the bus — and he had a suspended license [...] A small town police department in Louisiana had to jail Corey Feldman overnight after the singer and former child star was arrested on marijuana and traffic charges. On Saturday evening in Mangham, Louisiana, police officers pulled over Corey Feldman's tour bus for speeding. Unbelievably, Feldman himself was driving the bus -- and he had a suspended license at the time, leading to the first citation. Related: Corey Knocks His Tooth Out Mid-Concert! Whoa! In addition to that, Mangham cops searched the bus and found both marijuana and prescription pills -- and Feldman ended up being cited with possession of marijuana, speeding, and driving with a suspended license. Feldman quickly paid a fine and was released to go about his business. He tweeted about the ordeal (below): HI #EVERYBODY & HAPPY 22ND! 4 THE RECORD, I WAS NOT ARRESTED OR PUT IN JAIL. I RECEIVED A MISDEMEANOR IN LOUISIANA, DUE 2 A MEMBER OF MY — Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) October 22, 2017 CREW HAVING MEDICAL MARIJUANA, WITH A LEGAL CA PRESCRIPTION, I HAD NOTHING ON ME, BUT WAS CHARGED BECAUSE ITS MY BUS. ALSO 5 OTHERS WERE — Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) October 22, 2017 CHARGED DUE 2 HAVING LEGAL MEDICINES WITHOUT THEIR PARTICULAR BOTTLES. NO ILLEGAL OR STREET DRUGS WERE FOUND ON THE BUS AT ALL! WHICH IS Y — Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) October 22, 2017 NOBODY SPENT THE NIGHT IN JAIL. HOWEVER WE WERE PROMISED THAT THESE CHARGES COULD ALL B DROPPED WITH PROOF OF PROPER SCRIPTS! IT WAS A BIT — Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) October 22, 2017 OF A GOOD OL SHAKEDOWN! AFTER WE PAID THEM IN CASH, THEY ASKED 4 PICS & AUTOGRAPHS, & THEN CALLED THE LOCAL PAPER 2 DO INTERVIEWS! — Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) October 22, 2017 I DO FIND THE TIMING OF ALL THIS IRONIC! BUT HAVE NO FEAR, WE R HEADED 2 HOUSTON, & WE WILL PERFORM THE BENEFIT CONCERT 2NITE 2 HELP RAISE $ — Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) October 22, 2017 4 #HOUSTONRELIEF EFFORTS! NOTHING CAN STOP THE ASCENSION! #ANGELIC2THEFALLTOUR #COREYSHEAVENLYTOUR PLEASE SEND PRAYERS THAT ALL GOES SMOOTH! — Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) October 22, 2017 The band had been on their way to play the Live Oaks Bar and Ballroom in nearby Monroe, Louisiana that night before they got stopped -- it appears, of course, that the show was called off. For what it's worth, the group has another show tonight in Houston -- and Feldman, tweeting about his whole ordeal, has indicated it'll go off as planned. Let's just hope everybody is OK and the prescriptions come out so charges will go away! [Image via FayesVision/WENN.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonOct 22nd, 2017

Jackie Chan"s Estranged Daughter Etta Ng Comes Out As A Lesbian In Beautiful Posts!

Jackie Chan's estranged daughter Etta Ng came out on Instagram in a beautiful post! The teen took to the social media app last week to make the announcement with the caption "🌈 #lgbtqai #lgbt #lesbian#androgynous," and over the weekend, she thanked fans for all their amazing support! Related: Younger's Dan Amboyer Comes Out & Gets Married! Revealing how [...] Jackie Chan's estranged daughter Etta Ng came out on Instagram in a beautiful post! The teen took to the social media app last week to make the announcement with the caption "🌈 #lgbtqai #lgbt #lesbian#androgynous," and over the weekend, she thanked fans for all their amazing support! Related: Younger's Dan Amboyer Comes Out & Gets Married! Revealing how the Hong Kong media has "mocked" her sexuality and news of her relationship with Andi Autumn, she shared: I am in awe at the amount of support and love poured my way. I am speechless at how followers went to my Girlfriend @andiautumn and my account to show us both so much positivity. People all over the world have been rooting us on as Hong Kong media continues to mock. I’ve grown up in a world of negativity and close mindedness but I am at that point where I realise that I can use my experience to tell my truths and help others just like me. Thankfully I’ve grown since the days I was powerless and uncertain what the world has for me. Thank you for the enormous outpour of love and acceptance. 🌈❤️🙌🏻💪🏻 我對於大家的支持和愛感到十分驚喜與感激。你們在我和我女朋友 @andiautumn 的instagram户口留下的正能量實在令我感恩。多謝來自世界各地的你們給我的祝福,令我感到恩惠,當香港傳媒不斷去評論我的生活時,令我感受到無比的壓力。我從小在一個佈滿負面和封閉的環境下長大,但是隨著社會進步,我希望能夠利用我的故事來説出真相從而幫助其他和我處境一樣的人。我曾經對於世界和未來感到非常無助和迷惘,但慶幸身邊一直有不同的人去支持和鼓勵我,令我想通了,成長了。最後我想再次多謝大家的關懷和接受。🌈❤️🙌🏻🦄 #lgbt #androgynous #lgbtqai #loveislove #lovewins #lovealwayswins #lesbian #love #support #🌈 #androgynous #queer #gay #gaygram #loveyourself #advocacyA post shared by @stolenmilktea on Oct 6, 2017 at 10:44am PDT We love love!! Etta's girlfriend also posted about the support they've seen, writing: Thank you to all of those who have shown love and support towards @stolenmilktea and I. We appreciate everyone's kind words and it's honestly giving us more energy to fight for what's right. We will continue to share our journey and hope we can help others along the way. Let's make this world a peaceful and understanding one. #pansexual #lgbtqai #loveislove #lovealwayswins #queer #loveyourselfA post shared by andiautumn (@andiautumn) on Oct 6, 2017 at 10:44am PDT I've never met anyone like @stolenmilktea . She has given me a chance to fully express the running thoughts in my head. No judgements, just understanding. Everything was against us. We've been pushed down again and again but its worth it knowing we will get through it together, side by side. 🚺🚺💕 skip past all of the difficulties we've had this year, we are finally heading in the right direction, we have a path. We've encountered a lot of discrimination from family, friends, and the Hong Kong society. We are living in such an international city and yet so many people have their minds closed off. But none of it matters when I know every morning your going to be next to me. I love you. 💟A post shared by andiautumn (@andiautumn) on Oct 5, 2017 at 12:40am PDT Amazing!! You can see Etta's initial post (below): 🌈 #lgbtqai #lgbt #lesbian #androgynousA post shared by @stolenmilktea on Oct 5, 2017 at 12:43am PDT [Image via Instagram.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonOct 10th, 2017

Ariana Grande Gets Sporty for Reebok "Day In The Life" Event in Hong Kong!

Ariana Grande is getting her fitness on! On Wednesday (September 20), the 24-year-old “Into You” superstar and Reebok hosted a unique “Day In The Life” event on the eve of the final Dangerous Woman Tour stop in Hong Kong. “Today I’m bringing together a few of the things that make me feel my most confident, [...] Ariana Grande is getting her fitness on! On Wednesday (September 20), the 24-year-old “Into You” superstar and Reebok hosted a unique “Day In The Life” event on the eve of the final Dangerous Woman Tour stop in Hong Kong. “Today I’m bringing together a few of the things that make me feel my most confident, and that’s being surrounded by my best friends, fashion and style, which I use to express myself, and dance, which is my favorite way to move my body and stay fit,” Ariana said of the event. The event included a workout with celebrity trainer Harley Pasternak, a discussion of Ariana‘s style with stylist Law Roach, a conversation with choreographer Brian Nicholson – and even a dance class set to “Be Alright” with Ariana, Brian and his brother, Scott Nicholson. “Dance is not only one of my favorite forms of fitness but it’s also one of my favorite forms of self-expression. It was so beautiful to be able to share that with everyone today and encourage everyone to let loose and have fun with it!” Ariana said. FYI: Ariana wore Reebok Women throughout the event. 30+ pictures of Ariana‘s Reebok event inside….....»»

Category: topSource: justjaredSep 26th, 2017

Why China’s ‘Wolf Warriors II’ Is Enjoying Surprising Success in Hong Kong

To the surprise of some, China’s top-grossing film of all time, “Wolf Warriors II,” has been better received in Hong Kong compared to previous Chinese propaganda movies. The film’s modest success in Hong Kong theaters comes despite its unabashedly patriotic content, of a kind which in the past was strongly rejected by residents of the... Read more ».....»»

Category: topSource: varietySep 21st, 2017

Why China’s ‘Wolf Warriors II’ is Enjoying Surprising Success in Hong Kong

To the surprise of some, China’s top-grossing film of all time “Wolf Warriors II” has been better received in Hong Kong compared to previous Chinese propaganda movies. The film’s (modest) success in Hong Kong theaters comes despite its unabashedly patriotic content, which in the past was strongly rejected by citizens of the former British colony.... Read more ».....»»

Category: topSource: varietySep 21st, 2017

Hong Kong businessman and socialite David Tang dies

Tang was knighted in 2008 for his charitable work in both Britain and Hong Kong.         Tang was knighted in 2008 for his charitable work in both Britain and Hong Kong.        .....»»

Category: topSource: usatodayAug 30th, 2017

Hong Kong Disneyland to get $1.4 Billion Expansion

The ten-year old Hong Kong Disneyland theme park is to get a $1.4 billion expansion. New attractions will include new Frozen and Marvel Super Heroes areas. The plans call for the expansion to be funded through cash equity injections from Hong Kong Disneyl.....»»

Category: topSource: varietyNov 23rd, 2016

Rock star David Bowie"s art collection on show in Hong Kong

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Auctioneers showcased a selection of art belonging to the late British rock star David Bowie in Hong Kong on Wednesday, ahead of a $12.5-million London auction next month......»»

Category: topSource: reutersOct 12th, 2016

Hollywood poster blunder sparks backlash in Hong Kong

A poster for upcoming Hollywood movie "Arrival" mistakenly featuring a Shanghai landmark on Hong Kong's skyline was taken down from the film's official Facebook page Friday after sparking outrage and ridicule. Hong Kong is deeply divid.....»»

Category: topSource: yahooJan 12th, 2017

Hong Kong booksellers braving China chill for publishers

HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong publishers' latest works on sensitive Chinese topics were displayed at a book fair this week, despite the chill persisting from recent detentions of five local booksellers......»»

Category: topSource: yahooJul 23rd, 2016

Victoria Beckham launches Hong Kong store

Fashion designer Victoria Beckham launched her first shop outside Britain in Hong Kong Friday as she seeks to tap the Asia market despite a downturn in luxury spending. Hong Kong is Beckham's first bricks and mortar store outside the UK, designed by .....»»

Category: fashionSource: yahooMar 24th, 2016

Missing Hong Kong publisher returned to China "voluntarily": wife

By James Pomfret and Rain Liang HONG KONG (Reuters) - A publisher of books critical of China's leaders who went missing in Hong Kong last week has traveled to China voluntarily, his wife said on Tuesday, as Britain reminded its former colony of its commit.....»»

Category: booksSource: yahooJan 8th, 2016

Transformers raid Hong Kong in "Age of Extinction"

HONG KONG (Reuters) - "Transformers: Age of Extinction" will debut in Hong Kong cinemas on Thursday, where audiences are waiting to see giant shape shifting aliens try to destroy their city......»»

Category: topSource: reutersJun 25th, 2014

Ann Hui’s ‘Golden Era’ To Represent Hong Kong in Oscar Race

HONG KONG — Ann Hui’s “Golden Era,” which was the closing film at this month’s Venice film festival, has been selected to represent Hong Kong in the foreign-language Oscar race. The Tang Wei-starring film is a biopic of early.....»»

Category: topSource: varietySep 16th, 2014

Instagram, Chinese Media Restricted as Hong Kong Riots

Media in mainland China has limited its coverage of the severe social unrest taking place on the streets of Hong Kong. In contrast, Hong Kong and international media have been carrying non-stop reports from the barricades, reporting as the crowds of prote.....»»

Category: topSource: varietySep 29th, 2014

Woman Dragged Off Plane After Demanding Two Dogs Be Removed From Flight, Claiming "Life-Threatening" Allergy

Another customer dragged off an airplane?? Remember when the scariest part of flying was the flying?? This, however, was a strange case… A Southwest Airlines flight to Los Angeles was still on the tarmac in Baltimore when a woman told staff she had a "life-threatening pet allergy" and demanded the two dogs on the flight be removed. Related: [...] Another customer dragged off an airplane?? Remember when the scariest part of flying was the flying?? This, however, was a strange case... A Southwest Airlines flight to Los Angeles was still on the tarmac in Baltimore when a woman told staff she had a "life-threatening pet allergy" and demanded the two dogs on the flight be removed. Related: Rachael Ray Donates $1 MILLION To Help Animals Affected By Hurricane Harvey! However, she failed to provide documentation of this allergy, leaving the crew to choose between the human woman without paperwork and the dogs with their papers. Flight attendants reportedly asked the woman to leave voluntarily several times before calling police, leading to this: Woman dragged off #Southwest flight from #Baltimore to #LosAngeles. Complained of allergy to animal on board. Didn't have card for allergy. pic.twitter.com/vCTzDhMkiH — Chris Stewart (@CStewartWPTV) September 27, 2017 Eesh. The woman can be heard yelling at officers not to touch her and that they ripped her pants. She says she will walk on her own then doesn't move for a few seconds, leading to one of the cops wrapping his arms around her and hauling her off the plane. At that point she can be heard yelling: "I'm a professor, what are you doing??" We don't know what to think about her situation, but that removal footage is SCARY! Related: Petland Puppies Might Be Giving People Diarrhea Southwest's official statement is apologetic towards the customer regarding the way she was pulled off the plane: "We are disheartened by the way this situation unfolded and the Customer's removal by local law enforcement officers. We publicly offer our apologies to this Customer for her experience and we will be contacting her directly to address her concerns. Southwest Airlines was built on Customer Service, and it is always our goal for all Customers to have a positive experience." BUT they are also standing by their decision, noting that it's policy to deny boarding to a customer who reports a "life-threatening" allergy -- presumably for their own safety (not to mention the airline's liability if an allergic reaction were to occur): "Initial reports indicate the Customer in the video stated that she had a life-threatening pet allergy, but she was unable to provide the medical certificate necessary to complete travel. There was one emotional support animal and one pet onboard the aircraft. Our policy states that a Customer (without a medical certificate) may be denied boarding if they report a life-threatening allergic reaction and cannot travel safely with an animal onboard. Our Flight Crew made repeated attempts to explain the situation to the Customer, however, she refused to deplane and law enforcement became involved." Was this removal actually justified? Did the airline have no choice? What do YOU think, Perezcious readers?? [Image via Bill Dumas/@CStewartWPTV/WPTV/Twitter.].....»»

Category: gossipSource: perezhiltonSep 27th, 2017