Chinese Airlines are under fire for its racist warning in its in-flight magazine. Air China’s ‘Wings of China’ carries a long feature on visiting London, with almost a third of the magazine dedicated to tourist attractions in Britain’s capital and other famous towns such as Oxford. The main article, titled “London the city of ‘hat tricks’,” covers Brits’ apparent fondness for all kinds of hats.
A Section of the in-flight magazine has caught the attention as CNBC published the news with the picture of the warning that says that “London is generally a safe place to travel, however precautions are needed when entering areas mainly populated by Indians,Pakistanis and black people,” China’s flagship carrier advises. “We advise tourists not to go out alone at night, and females always to be accompanied by another person when travelling.”
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The description prompted London lawmaker Virendra Sharma, who emigrated from India to the UK in the 1960s, to complain to the Chinese government. “I am shocked and appalled that even today some people would see it as acceptable to write such blatantly untrue and racist statements,” he said in an online statement. Sharma added saying that “I have raised this issue with the Chinese Ambassador, and requested that he ensures an apology is swiftly forthcoming from Air China, and the magazine is removed from circulation immediately.”
Chinese companies have earlier also been criticised for their depictions of various races. As in May, a Chinese laundry detergent-maker apologized for an advertisement that showed an Asian woman shoving a dirt-smeared black man into a washing machine, only for him to emerge as a clean Asian man.
UK is also angry over this blunder as the city has chosen Sadiq Khan, A Muslim Pak-origin man as its mayor in this year mayor elections. Many International agencies also asked for an apology from the airlines over this racist attack.