BTS‘s RM and Suga experienced two very different receptions when they returned to South Korea from the US.
Following BTS’s PERMISSION TO DANCE ON STAGE shows in Los Angeles, some members returned to Seoul while others kicked off their vacation time in the US. After touring museums in several states, RM flew home on December 17.
Upon arrival, RM was crowded by reporters and fans. Despite this, RM greeted everyone cordially as he made his way through the busy airport.
ARMYs, on the other hand, were less tolerant of this behavior. Crowding is discouraged at the best of times, but it is unacceptable during a pandemic when social distancing is necessary to protect yourself and others from COVID-19.
The people who crowded Namjoon at the airport are despicable. BTS are human too and deserve their privacy and space. Not to mention we are living in a pandemic out there. I'm so mad.
— alina⁷ 💜 (@epiphanyily) December 17, 2021
The way “fans” crowded Namjoon at the airport was unacceptable, not to mention unsafe. Especially with COV¡D.
Just seeing it gave me anxiety.
He held onto the bodyguard at one point, yes there was only 1 bodyguard. Also unacceptable.
— 💜 ⟬⟭ Courtney W. ⁷ ⟭⟬ 💜 (@Byzantine_Icon) December 17, 2021
I just watched the namjoon arrival on Airport and man he has some patience
Because if I was there I wouldn't have thrown finger hearts at them but definitely throw something else at them pic.twitter.com/8IXrOVX4TA
— Nish⁷|YoongiBlackHairEnthusiast| (@suga_s_santara) December 17, 2021
Today, Suga arrived at Incheon International Airport with a stylish new look — and a beefed-up security team.
Unlike RM, Suga was surrounded by bodyguards, who acted as a barrier between the star and reporters. The airport was noticeably less busy than it was when RM arrived, but this security squad seemed prepared to handle a crowd.
Fan suspect BTS’s agency, HYBE, made changes in light of RM’s experience. As always, the members’ safety is a top priority!
Hybe learned a lesson from Namjoon's airport arrival that they sent the cavalry to get Yoongi 🤣💜
— wintersoldier-d (@amy_bucky) December 23, 2021
I’m glad Yoongi had more support at the airport. After what happened to Namjoon, it looks like they quintupled security.
— Patience ⁷ 🧈 (@knh771) December 23, 2021
Watch Suga’s arrival here: