Thanks for noticing! (With update below.)
I'm prompted to mention it in part because it's just a month away, and also because of several related items in this past week's news.
1) Two days ago, in a widely marveled-at event, passengers who were upset about a delayed Shenzhen Airlines flight stormed out of the terminal and onto a taxiway at Shanghai's (mammoth, international, very busy) Pudong Airport, causing another plane to change its course. Immediately after the event, the passengers were given 1000 RMB compensation each -- more than $155, quite a lot in China -- for the delay. Now they appear to be getting into some kind of trouble.
Many themes in modern China come together in this one episode, from the growing pains of the unbelievably rapid scaling-up of China's transport infrastructure, to the impressively take-no-shit attitude of many members of the Chinese public. As Bill Bishop of the Sinocism blog wrote, along with a picture of the incident (below):
In the US I assume this would be a violation of one or more federal statutes and you would be looking at significant fines if not jail time and a select spot on the no fly list.... Yes, the folks who rushed the tarmac and halted a moving airplane received 1000 RMB in compensation each for the efforts. Talk about setting a bad precedent.
Flight delays are common in China, so expect to see similar incidents at other airports here. When dealing with a frustrating delay this kind of protest is not only viscerally pleasing but now lucrative as well.
It is also a reminder that Chinese do care about standing up for their rights, at least when they think there is limited downside.
2) Last week Andrew Galbraith of the Wall Street Journal had a very nice item about a discombobulating event at Shanghai's other airport, Hongqiao. It was the landing of a Cessna Caravan -- a small commuter-type turboprop plane whose presence would be entirely unremarked at most North American or European airports. Shanghai authorities allowed it to land only late at night, in a special slot when all other traffic had been cleared, because they were so apprehensive about handling something out of the ordinary. Meta-point: it is much, much harder to operate an advanced, high-volume airline system than you would think, and as it builds airports more quickly than the rest of the world combined (and multiplied by three or four), the Chinese system is coping with surprising challenges.