Paranoia is at all-time high thanks to the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak, with every cough threatening to spark mass hysteria and land you a ticket straight to quarantine.
That’s pretty much what happened to Taiwan-based Malaysian singer-songwriter Michael Wong (better known as Guang Liang). Earlier this week, the 49-year-old shared a Facebook post recounting his recent 'adventure' while travelling to Taipei from his hometown, Ipoh.
“I wore a mask on the plane throughout the entire flight, and when I accidentally choked on a rice cracker that the air stewardess had offered me, I coughed several times,” he wrote. “I think the passengers around me must have been scared to death, haha!”
However, it was no laughing matter when he was unable to clear immigration upon his arrival at Taoyuan International Airport. Instead, a customs officer brought him to a separate area for a temperature check.
Michael’s travel history was also questioned, as he had been to Wuhan, the epicentre of the virus outbreak, on December 19. He was then asked to fill out a document and to monitor his health closely over the next 14 days.
The stressful encounter took a cute turn when the customs officer smiled… and asked for his autograph. “My husband is a huge fan of yours, and he pays more attention to you than to me!” she told Michael. “He even bought a ticket to your March 14 concert at the Taipei Arena without asking me if I wanted to go with him!”