China’s air travel system has become the world’s busiest, with more than 6.3 million Chinese passengers flying overseas each year.
But for some passengers, their experience is a little different than what they’d get on a domestic flight.
The new air travel systems in Hong Kong and Macau can be more restrictive than those in China, and some passengers complain they feel like they’re flying in a prison, a place they’re not meant to be.
“There’s no privacy, there’s no access to the toilet, there is no access at all,” said Paul Liu, an Air Transat passenger from Beijing who travelled with a group of friends.
Liu says he felt like a prisoner in his own home.
“It was really hard for me to sleep at night because it’s so crowded and you’re sitting on a train in a very small place with just two people, and no windows.
And you’re in a crowded place,” he said.
In Hong Kong, Air Transats has a policy that passengers can only fly with one person and no more than four people at a time.
The company says passengers can book their tickets online or call a customer service line.
China’s airlines have also banned non-essential passengers from flying into mainland China, including passengers with family members.
The airline in Beijing banned the Chinese equivalent of the United States’ National Hockey League, the Boston Bruins, from the city in January.
It said it had been fined for similar reasons by the airline regulator last year.
The airline has been fined hundreds of millions of dollars in China since it began to offer non-stop flights to Hong Kong in 2001.
Its business has declined by 80 per cent since then.
The Chinese authorities have banned the flights, citing safety concerns.
It also banned a number of other major international airlines from China.
Beijing has said it’s concerned the changes will negatively affect tourism, which is the country’s biggest export sector.