Thai Air TG971: Implicit Hostage Taking in Modern Thai History

Thai Airways flight TG971 from Zurich to Bangkok didn’t take off until its own pilots’ demands were met; their off-duty pilot friends had to be seated in ‘First Class’. The flight was delayed two and a half hours, but the cultural seed of the “shutdown” to force compliance of demands is a major factor of Thailand’s delay in developing the country altogether.

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