A passenger was seen on surveillance camera footage throwing coins just before boarding China Southern Airlines flight CZ8427 from Nanning, capital of the Guangxi Zhuang autonomous region, to Bangkok on Saturday.

The airline said on its Weibo microblog account that the woman, a first-time flier, threw the coins to pray for blessings. The coins were all found and the flight took off after a delay of 78 minutes.

China has seen numerous such incidents since the first reported case in 2017, when an elderly woman threw a handful of coins at a China Southern Airlines plane. She was released without punishment after a stern lecture from police.

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