Video footage emerged on social media showing Chinese travelers charging through immigration and jumping security barriers at Chitose Airport, Hokkaido.
The tourists clashed with immigration and airport security officials after becoming frustrated at delays caused by heavy snow that caused 280 flights to be canceled since Thursday.
At least 6000 passengers were affected by the flight delays caused by the heaviest December snowfall in 50 years. While some airlines managed to find hotel accommodation for stranded passengers, local hotels quickly became fully-booked, leaving hundreds of travelers stranded at the airport.
Airlines issued blankets and sleeping bags to the stranded passengers, who had to make do by sleeping at the airport.
Singapore’s Straits Times reported that passengers had to cue for more than two hours just to get blankets. A lawyer who spoke to the Straits Times said Scoot airlines issued meal vouchers but they were ‘almost useless’ as the vouchers were “only applicable to a handful of eateries, and on Thursday night by the time we checked out all eateries had closed.” Other restaurants and convenience stores ran out of food.