One of the biggest topics of concern in K-Pop right now is the safety of idols at the airport. Time after time, videos are shared of idols being mobbed or their safety being compromised by huge crowds at the airport.
thank god for taehyung’s manager! 😳
have a safe flight taehyung pic.twitter.com/aLn70faGWo
— KTHP (@taeperforms) November 19, 2022
📣ATTENTION BRIIZES: Report to KWANGYA 119
RIIZE has been mobbed at the airport yet again. We have decided to finally try and ask SM Entertainment for extra measures on RIIZE’s future airport security. We ask everyone to report this in KWANGYA 119.
We thank you in advance for… pic.twitter.com/YlVg1KJE13
— RIIZE PROTECTION TEAM (@PROTECT_RIIZE) October 16, 2023
It's so sad when a reporter is asking a celebrity, in this case enhypen (Jake) if they're okay when trying to get out of the airport🙁 K engenes, please learn to stop crowding them😢 they had a long flight, the last thing they would uod want to experience is getting pushed pic.twitter.com/A5Pl7K2fu2
— 🎏李慧妞 (@Bl0bfishSpand3x) July 24, 2023
Recently, TXT‘s experience at the airport and reactions to crowds have gained attention from fans.
Like all HYBE artists, TXT’s Weverse shared posts reminding fans about fan etiquette rules, including not visiting airports when idols are due to travel abroad for schedules.
If that wasn’t enough, Yeonjun even shared a post asking fans about etiquette at airports.
I’m leaving a post in the case that the fans who came to the airport today might see this. As it is not a space where only we are there, but a place with so many people, I would be grateful if the fans could keep order and their manners just a little bit. Of course, I know that you might not have meant it, but I was so taken aback to see that someone bumped into a mom carrying a newborn baby as well as an elderly person as they dashed to the escalator. I was so sorry to those who faced harm, but the situation was so messy that I could not even say sorry. I would be grateful if you guys can be a little more careful. This is my request of you!
— TXT’s Yeonjun
On November 2, Dispatch announced that TXT would be at the airport for an overseas schedule.
[LIVE] 투모로우바이투게더, "김포국제공항 출국" l TXT, "GMP INT Airport Departure" [공항]https://t.co/8CR8CcjUwP#투모로우바이투게더 #TOMORROWXTOGETHER #TXT #SOOBIN #YEONJUN #BEOMGYU #TAEHYUN #HUENINGKAI #공항패션 #공항 #출국 #airport #departure #DIPE #디스패치 #dispatch pic.twitter.com/ebdkK1EqUM
— koreadispatch (@_koreadispatch_) November 2, 2023
While many assumed that as it was an undisclosed schedule, the members would have a quiet departure, netizens were shocked to see huge crowds of fans waiting.
In the videos and photos shared, netizens believed the TXT members looked uncomfortable. In particular, fans shared that in the video, when the members were entering the airport, Yeonjun could be heard saying, “How do they know?” referring to the fans being aware of their travels.
yeonjun said “how do they know (txt’s flight schedule)?” 😀😀😀 pic.twitter.com/ZMxAtkMQ0O
— nabila🌸 (@euphoriacyj_) November 2, 2023
While some fans pointed out that the fault lay with the Korean media outlets for announcing the departure, which could have bee relayed by HYBE, netizens couldn’t hide their anger at the fans for surrounding TXT.
th look so pissed, yj legit asking and hk doing 🤷🏻♂️ I LOVE IT, I NEED MORE OF THEM SHOWING THEIR FEELINGS TO SSSG AND UNINVITED MEDIAS, WELL DONE MY KINGS 🫂 https://t.co/HlR72In2Wr
— ٰ (@thebeargyu) November 2, 2023
moas loveeee this discussion of not supporting sasaengs and people who invade txts personal space until fansites go to the airport then these airport clips where txt look visibly uncomfortable are all over the tl and everyone’s excited to see them
— 🐈⬛ (@ningjjunies) November 2, 2023
txt look extremely uncomfortable in the video so please do not spread it. do not spread any clips or airport pictures either
— quinn (@DIOR4TYUN) November 2, 2023
He is so fucking done, he should have legit asked them directly “how are YOU here?” So they could be publicly shamed https://t.co/oGye8TJrGh
— a n a ✘ ⁷ (@choihobi) November 2, 2023
The topic of idol safety and privacy at airports has always been a hot topic. Yet, with so many stars now voicing concerns, many netizens believe something should be done, whether it’s as simple as not allowing media outlets to share schedules or having private entrances.