Cabin crew union urges restoration of baggage rules

Local | 14 Sep 2018 7:01 pm

The Hong Kong Cabin Crew Federation today called on the Airport Authority to re-implement security rules for carry-on baggage that were dropped while a case linked to former Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying was before the High Court.

The authority told the court in June that the stipulation that "all screening of cabin baggage needs to be conducted in the presence of the passenger" was removed from the Aviation Security Program in April this year.

The crew union said the rule should be reinstated as it is needed to ensure aviation safety. "We are appealing to them to resume it as soon as they can," said union spokeswoman Carol Ng.

Ng said too much time had been spent arguing about this rule. "Now that the judicial review is over, we are pretty sure that the purpose of the change [in the] current rules as such was based on the judicial review," she told RTHK's Wendy Wong. "Now everything is over, so it is time to just revert back to the original [rule]."

A flight attendant brought a judicial review of the security arrangements, after airport staff carried a forgotten bag through security for Leung's daughter, Leung Chung-yan, and delivered it to her at the gate. The court ruled that the security rules were breached during the controversial incident in March 2016.

It emerged that Leung Chun-ying had made a call to the airport about the forgotten bag, leading to allegations that he had used his position to pressure staff into breaking security rules. The Airport Authority insisted no regulations were broken during the incident.

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