TREASURE have been caught up in yet another airport mobbing fiasco, and fans are getting tired of it. After several members were almost hurt in yesterday’s frenzy, many are calling on YG Entertainment to do better at protecting the group.
After sold-out shows at KSPO Dome in South Korea and a Japanese hall tour that saw an attendance of 300,000, TREASURE finally kicked off the Asia leg of their HELLO tour this week. The group performed for thousands of fans in Taipei, with roaring applause from the crowd at the National Taiwan Sport University Arena.
While fans did show up to welcome the members when they landed in Taiwan, the scene at Taoyuan International Airport was relatively subdued. The airport even provided staff-driven carts to transport TREASURE safely through the halls.
— ◡̈ (@teuheaven) March 3, 2023
Unfortunately, the group didn’t receive the same calm reception when they returned to Seoul yesterday — and fans have had enough. In clips from TREASURE’s arrival at Incheon, hundreds of people can be seen crowding around the members, waving their phones around to take photos and videos.
WTF. PLEASE GIVE THEM SPACE. 😭😭😭😭 pic.twitter.com/skJ94nVV0e
— arem 🐶🦔 (@aiurskies_) March 5, 2023
Korean and international netizens alike were shocked to see the footage, with a post about the incident reaching over 85,000 views on popular community site TheQoo in just a few hours.
One Teume remarked that the scenes of fans swarming TREASURE looked akin to a zombie apocalypse.
ZOMBIE IN REAL LIFE ? https://t.co/8hY9xaE5au
— alice_🐺🦋 (@L_wooharu) March 5, 2023
To make matters worse, those at the airport didn’t stop at just crowding. Many proceeded to push each other for a better view, and several members were soon caught up in the chaos.
Fans online were also disturbed to notice that Yoshi, Doyoung, Hyunsuk, and Jihoon were visibly pushed themselves — a situation that could have easily ended in injury. It was almost impossible for the members to find a clear walkway back to their vehicles.
this is too sad, doyoung and jihoon was getting pushed multiple times but no one even bother to give them space to freely walk on ☹️
— maxx 배우도영 (@Doyoung_iee) March 5, 2023
Unfortunately, this isn’t the first time TREASURE have almost come to harm at the airport. Back in September last year, swarming fans pushed Doyoung into a door.
— ギュ (@winwin1028_002) September 24, 2022
Afterward, he was seen clutching his chest.
— Yanni 🍀 에이스 마시호 (@_mashimallows) September 24, 2022
After seeing footage of yesterday’s events, Teumes also speculated that Hyunsuk and Jihoon appeared stressed by the ordeal.
hyunsuk and jihoon looks so stressed damn i hate yall pic.twitter.com/7B6kPS6Lbr
— el (@wtnbch) March 5, 2023
For TREASURE, this is sadly only the latest in a long line of airport mobbing incidents. In fact, it’s been happening since before the group event debuted.
Do you ever see any undebut group get mobbed by fans at airport ? Yes that group existed .
— ❥ nis .˚༉ ❜ (@snghyshi) April 8, 2020
Fans have noticed that the problem is particularly frequent in South Korean airports, which seem to have a surprising lack of security considering how many idols pass through them on a weekly basis.
why we never see ONE airport security ever in korea? we see other airports having full operations for idols but when it's korea nobody gives a fuck and that's when kteumes get wild… https://t.co/4o6EzanBVG
— sm (@treasuresm_) March 5, 2023
While there were some bodyguards present, they appeared to be struggling to control the crowds. The same happened in September when YG Entertainment staff were seen shouting for help.
After so many scary situations and close calls, many fans say they can’t enjoy airport preview photos from fansites in the same way anymore.
this is sickening and they will never learn to give treasure members a personal space. i do hope yg should hire more bodyguards for treasure safety.
it’s hard to hype airport previews nowadays!https://t.co/dZEFNkEB5S
— dee 🌤️ (@asahiflare) March 5, 2023
And, with TREASURE’s growing popularity and more concerts to follow soon, Teumes are worried that the problem is only going to get worse — especially if nothing is done to deter those swarming the members at the airport.
With this in mind, fans are once again calling on YG Entertainment to protect TREASURE with more bodyguards and better security at the airport.
We demand @ygent_official to give TREASURE more bodyguard because this may not only hurt THE MEMBER but also THE MANAGER, STAFF, & BODYGUARD too.
This has been happening many times and really concerning! https://t.co/R6vfkFdT4T
— TREASURE WORLDWIDE FAN BASE (@TREASUREwwide) March 5, 2023
TREASURE’s next HELLO tour date at Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia is less than a week away, meaning the members will soon be back at Incheon Airport. Now, fans can only hope that the company heeds their word before someone gets hurt.