China airline sued for rejecting HIV carriers: report

File photo taken in July 2005 shows a Spring Airlines jet at Shanghai's Hongqiao airportTwo HIV-positive passengers and a friend are suing a Chinese airline for refusing to let them on board, in the country's first such lawsuit, state media reported Friday. The pair planned to travel from Shenyang in the northeast to Shijiazhuang, south of Beijing, but were barred from the Spring Airlines plane after they informed staff of their status, the Global Times said. All three sued the budget airline, accusing it of discrimination and demanding an apology as well as compensation of 48,999 yuan ($ 8,000), the paper said. A Shenyang court accepted the case, making it the first lawsuit against an airline for discriminating against an HIV-positive person in China, it added.



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