After inclement weather delayed their flight, two Chinese women found themselves in an awkward situation when their airline accidentally booked them into a “themed” S&M hotel.
According to the Daily Mail, both women were en route to Hangzhou from Chongqing when their flight on Hainan Airlines was delayed. The original flight was scheduled to leave at 11:10 p.m., so they were planning to wait at the airport and watch a movie. However, weather conditions had become worse, so the airline offered the women a complementary hotel room because their new flight was not scheduled to depart until the following afternoon.
However, unknown to the airline, the hotel was a short-stay love hotel with chains hanging from the ceiling, wrist and ankle cuffs, and sex chairs.
Love hotels originated in Japan and are common throughout Asia. According to The Telegraph, love hotels in China are more conservative than those in Japan, where love hotels have become a multi-billion dollar industry. China has experienced a sexual revolution after the staunchly conservative Chairman Mao died in 1976, says The Guardian. Today, more than 70 percent of Chinese residents engage in sex prior to marriage, compared to 15 percent in 1989. Ever since Bejing’s first sex shop opened during the 1990s, China has evolved to become the world’s largest producer of sex toys.
The women, who were complete strangers, were supposed to share the room. Both were “horrified,” and one of the women, Lou Bao, posted pictures of the accommodation arrangements on social media.
“We are two single girls, is this sex room our Valentine's gift?,” she wrote. “I cannot accept the 'thoughtful' gesture.”
After the images spread throughout social media, Heinan Airlines apologized through their official Weibo account.
“The passengers were delayed due to bad weather, and all the hotels were booked out because of Valentine's Day," the airline explained. "Our hotel-booking representative couldn't secure any room and did not research what a 'themed suite' means. We apologized for embarrassing these two ladies and immediately got in touch with them to resolve the issue.”