A Delta staff member told The Epoch Times on Dec. 26 that “China’s arbitrary and unreasonable pandemic prevention policy not only sets an insurmountable threshold for Chinese passengers who are eager to go home, but is also unbearable for foreign airlines.”
The majority of the passengers of the Delta flight were Chinese citizens, some of whom didn’t have a valid visa to reenter the United States.
Shanghai’s newly launched rule also caused other foreign airlines to change their flight schedules.
Lin Shu-hung, Eva Air’s chief representative of East China, told Taiwan’s semi-official Central News Agency that the Shanghai airport ruled on Dec. 24 that airplanes from overseas must be disinfected once it has passengers. All seats on the airplane must be disinfected no matter if they were sat in or not.