Royal Air Cambodge, the national airline of impoverished Cambodia, is not exactly renowned for excellent service. But when a passenger called Theng Bunma was asked to pay $4670 in overweight baggage charges on a flight from Hong Kong to Phnom Penh, he decided that enough was enough. The airline had already lost his luggage on a previous flight and offered only paltry compensation. So this time, after his flight had landed at Phnom Penh’s Pochentong airport in April 1997, Theng borrowed a pistol from one of the bodyguards sent to meet him. Then he walked across the tarmac, aimed the gun at one of the Boeing 737’s front wheels, and fired. The tyre burst and the huge aircraft tilted, but even then Theng wasn’t satisfied. ‘I’m sorry it was dark, otherwise I could have shot out all the tyres,’ he said later.3
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