Date
23 January 2017
Ivan Chan (right) received a warning from the MTR for carrying a cue stick on a train. Left photo shows martial arts props on the floor of a train compartment. Photos: Facebook/Sportsroad, tvb4life.pixnet.net
Ivan Chan (right) received a warning from the MTR for carrying a cue stick on a train. Left photo shows martial arts props on the floor of a train compartment. Photos: Facebook/Sportsroad, tvb4life.pixnet.net

Netizens blast MTR double standard on oversized luggage

Hong Kong’s railway operator is being accused of double standard over its handling of oversized passenger luggage.

MTR Corp. sparked outrage on social media after it issued a formal warning to a billiards player for transporting snooker equipment on a train.

On Tuesday, Ivan Chan posted his story on Facebook in which he said MTR staff confronted him about his 1.6-meter cue stick.

The next day, a netizen uploaded a picture of a martial arts blade on the floor of an MTR train about the length of four passenger seats, according to Apple Daily.

It was unsheathed and had no wrapping and was one of two blades on board.

A spear was also part of the luggage said to be props belonging to a martial arts group.

Netizens criticized the railway operator for double standard and discrimination, saying there should be no distinction between a snooker cue stick and martial arts equipment if it wants passengers to follow regulations.

The company said it has no information about the photo in question but called on passengers not to carry oversized luggage on trains.

MTR regulations ban luggage wider than 170 centimeters or longer than 130 cm. 

MTR deems snooker cue as oversized item, Ivan Chan learns

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