Staying in a by-the-hour sex hotel room rigged with BDSM equipment was definitely something someone did on purpose for Valentine's Day—but not these two Chinese women booked into that situation by Hainan Airlines, which had delayed their flight by a day. They were both on their way from Chongqing (central China) to Guangzhou (just north of Hong Kong) when bad weather forced Hainan to find alternate accommodations for its passengers on short notice. Emphasis on "alternate."
Fortunately for the women put into this room, which is as tiny and drab as it is dominated by an elaborate sex chair that screams "please scrub me with bleach wipes," China's social media can be even more vindictive to companies that screw up than Twitter or Facebook.
One of the women, Lu Bao, took to Weibo with pictures of the room and a description of how the women waited for hours at the airport to see if their plane would take off before finally being told it wasn't going to happen.
They were told the airline had found them a room, but when they opened up the door, they found "all kinds of surprises" to make "unmarried single" women blush (in some reports, the two women are sisters).
After being thoroughly whipped and humiliated online by an angry populace, and even ending up in People's Online Daily, Hainan Airlines did apologize. They blamed the incident on the lack of hotel rooms on Valentine's Day (apparently not at the sex hotels) and the fact that the airline employee did not research what "themed room" meant.
The airline says they have contacted the women to see how they can make it up to them. Hainan has been a very naughty airline, and it wants to be punished.