Taiwanese actress-host Aya Liu is no stranger to adventure. The 41-year-old has hosted two seasons of the travel documentary show, Adventure Life, which sees her tagging along with various celebrities as they travel to countries like Iceland and Zambia for a week, engaging in activities like mountain-climbing.
However, nothing she experienced on Adventure Life could’ve possibly prepared her for this.
On talkshow Hua Hua Wan Wu 2, which is hosted by her pals Dee Hsu and Kevin Tsai, Aya shared more about a recent encounter in Russia that she described as “a true adventure”.
Aya started off by sharing that she had gone to Moscow with a production team. Things had gone smoothly until their flight back.
“We were on the plane, and suddenly, a flight attendant began randomly selecting people and asking them to disembark the plane for an unknown reason,” Aya shared.
As their photography assistant was one of those selected to get off the plane, Aya and her team then tried to ask the flight attendant to find out what was going on.
She then noticed that there was an empty seat next to her in business class, so she went up to the flight attendant to ask if the photography assistant could sit beside her instead.
To her surprise, a male flight attendant then approached her, and yelled at Aya to get off the plane as well.
After the plane had been stuck on the tarmac for an hour, another flight attendant eventually came up to them. While it seemed like she was there to resolve the issue initially, she later told the entire team to get off the plane after receiving a phone call.
Aya recounted, “She said to us, 'You're not welcome on this plane, you’ve already broken the law, and we’ll see you in court’.” Aya then realised that the flight attendant had said that to them out loud so the other passengers would think that Aya’s team was the reason the plane could not take off.
Outside the aircraft, Aya and her team were greeted by policemen toting guns. They were then ushered into a holding room, where they were “treated like criminals”.
“We were accompanied by an armed police officer even when we went to the toilet,” recalled Aya.
Eventually, the team managed to make their way out of the country, after spending over NT$100,000 (S$4,618) on new flight tickets.
To date, however, the airline company has not given Aya and her team an explanation for the fiasco.