The airport may be a place for passengers to embark or disembark to another country, but for some fans, it’s also an opportune location to spot their favourite stars.
While fans buying flight tickets and flying with their K-pop idols are nothing new – two students even got arrested for misusing their boarding pass to see Korean rapper Simon Dominic earlier this year – some fans in Jakarta, Indonesia took it too far when they caused their idol to break down in the middle of the airport.
Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon had arrived in Jakarta’s Soekarno–Hatta International Airport last night for Countdown Asian Games 2018, and was swamped by a large group of fans. Fans not only took photos and videos, but also inadvertently started pushing the idol in a bid to get closer to her. It’s not clear whether the fans were in the public area, or restricted area.
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At one point of time, Taeyeon fell and was lifted up by the bodyguard from behind.
In an Instagram post uploaded last night, Taeyeon said, “I couldn’t stop shaking and crying when I fell. Perhaps the local bodyguards thought I was in danger, so I was surprised when he lifted me up from behind. I was nervous because people kept touching my body from behind and the sides.”
She added, “… It might not have been intentional but my body, butt and breasts were touched, hit and grabbed. That feeling made me flustered and I couldn’t get a hold of myself.”
She ended the post by apologising to her fans for not showing a better image during her arrival, and said that she hopes no one is hurt.
자카르타 공항에서 수많은 인파에 몰려 발이 엉키고 몸도 엉켜서 많이 위험한 상황이 있었습니다 실제로 바닥에 넘어진채로 벌벌떨고 눈물이 멈추지 않았어요. 현지 경호원분이 위험해 보였는지 절 뒤에서 번쩍 들어올리셔서 그것 또한 너무 당황스러웠고 놀랐습니다. 자꾸 뒤에서 옆에서 신체접촉에 긴장했던 상황인지라 질서라는건 찾아볼 수 없었고 기다려주셨던 분들중에 똑같이 넘어지고 다치신 분들도 있는 것 같아서 제 마음이 몹시 좋지 않네요. 그리고 고의는 아니었겠지만 신체일부 엉덩이며 가슴이며 자꾸 접촉하고 부딪히고 서로 잡아당기고.. 그 느낌도 참 당황스럽고 제정신을 못차리겠더라고요. 그래서 오랜만에 도착한 자카르타에서 좋은 모습으로 입국 할 수가 없었습니다. 기다려준 팬들에게 너무 미안하고 제발 우리 다치지않게 질서를 지켜줬으면 좋겠어요 그 누구보다 사랑 많고 정 많고 서로 이해 할 수 있는 우리팬들이니까 오늘일은 해프닝으로 생각할게요. 모두 다 상처받지 않길 바랄게
Fellow Girls’ Generation member Hyoyeon had arrived in Jakarta the night before.
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