International ARMYs are criticizing the “fans” who failed to respect BTS‘s personal space at a Taiwanese airport.
A flock of fans allegedly followed BTS from the airport entrance, through the VIP tunnel, to the exit, and beyond it, in very close proximity.
Unfortunately, since this incident took place in Taiwan, it has cast a poor light Taiwanese ARMYs. Fans quickly clarified the situation by pointing out that the crowders in question were not all Taiwanese ARMYs.
Sorry for that but I want to say something in a taiwan fan's position.
The truth is more than what you see,actually Taiwan fans couldn't get into the airport and those armys are come from Japan and Korea, who take the same flight and followed bts
— 🐣🐤🐥朴雞geeee🐦 (@parkchim_wife) July 6, 2018
Actually, the fans aren’t all Taiwanese.
Some just took the same plane and followed BTS when got of the plane.
Learn to give them their personal place.
This is what all of A.R.M.Ys should do.
We all love BTS.#ARMY #BTS #방탄소년단 #taiwan @BTS_twt @TW_nextmedia @bts_bighit pic.twitter.com/O4nKk9gCMu
— Sugar•ө•SUGA::閔糖的糖糖世界•̀.̫•́:: (@sope_309_218) July 6, 2018
Most of the fans there are NOT from Taiwan!!!!!!!!!!!
Please don't get us wrong!!!!!!
ARMYs from Taiwan always tell each other DO NOT go to the airport and bother them!!!!!
Most of the fans you saw in the photo are KOREAN or JAPANESE passengers from the same flight!!!!!!!
— LuluLuvBTS (@LuluLuvBTS0613) July 6, 2018
The VIP section is restricted to VIP passengers, which indicates that anyone permitted in the tunnel had to be a VIP flyer. Many who followed BTS through the tunnel were likely returning to their home countries, and may have shared BTS’s flight.
Airport greetings are part of idols’ everyday lives, and they can be enjoyable experiences for everyone so long as they are done respectfully. BTS has personally expressed how touched they were by ARMY’s Purple Ribbon Project.
ARMYs use purple ribbons are used to create respectful barriers between BTS and fans at airports.
In the past, Big Hit Entertainment officially asked international fans to refrain from booking the same flights as BTS, out of respect for their privacy and safety. The company posted a statement on their official Twitter account in English, Korean, Chinese, and Japanese.
— BigHit Entertainment (@BigHitEnt) May 15, 2017
According to this statement, there have been a “number of incidents” when fans used illegally obtained information to book the same flights as BTS. During these flights, the fans repeatedly invaded BTS’s privacy, despite the staff’s attempts to stop them.
This 2017 statement specifically asks fans to refrain from invading BTS’s privacy on airplanes and in airports, but it appears that this problem is ongoing. Although many fans at the Taiwanese airport kept their distance in the VIP section, others did not.
In fact, at least one fan has been accused of “stalking” BTS from airport to airport while booking the same flights as the group.
Taiwanese ARMYs have expressed their frustration over the incident and apologized on behalf of their fanbase, even though all Taiwanese ARMYs were not at fault.
TAIWAN army let BTS go VIP this is TAIWAN army protect their practices.But many foreign fan deliberate bought same flight ticket
— mulas–양약다 (@younglovebts) July 6, 2018
Our Taiwanese fans are also very angry.
We are very sorry for this kind of thing happening in Taiwan and let BTS feel troubled.
— MING. (@hpes04119) July 6, 2018
Sorry, I'm a Taiwan ARMY.
I think we have to say something.
Under normal circumstances, Taiwan fans are annoying to enter the VIP channel.
That is to say, people who take pictures around the BTS are people who come down from the plane with them.
— MING. (@hpes04119) July 6, 2018
oh im so sorry to hear that and i feel for the other taiwan fans cause they waited for bts to visit and then they didn't get the chance to see bts upclose case of some rude fans from japen and korea,that screwd up ☹️💜💙❤️ https://t.co/LRSepirVGv
— chrissytemple (@chrissytemple1) July 6, 2018
To keep BTS safe and comfortable, fans have devised airport etiquette.
ARMYs are encouraged to follow these guidelines at all times for the sake of BTS’s happiness and safety.