Date
24 March 2017
Hundreds stage a sit-in protest in the arrival hall of Hong Kong airport. They demanded a direct meeting with the Civi Aviaiton Department and threatened to escalate their protest if no aciton is taken. Photo: Reuters
Hundreds stage a sit-in protest in the arrival hall of Hong Kong airport. They demanded a direct meeting with the Civi Aviaiton Department and threatened to escalate their protest if no aciton is taken. Photo: Reuters

Hundreds join cabin crew protest over Leung airport drama

Hundreds of people joined airline cabin crew to protest an airport luggage incident involving the family of Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying.

They demanded talks with Civil Aviation Department (CAD) chief Norman Lo and threatened to escalate their protest if no action is taken, the Hong Kong Economic Journal reports.

The Hong Kong Cabin Crew Federation, which organized the protest, said more than 2,500 showed up for the mass action in Hong Kong airport.

Police estimated the crowd at 1,000 at its peak.

The group handed a list of demands to a CAD representative, including a direct meeting with Lo.

Minor scuffles broke out with several Leung supporters who accused the protesters of insulting the chief executive and ruining Hong Kong’s reputation.

The protesters accused Leung of misusing his power when he intervened to have his daughter’s carry-on luggage sorted after it was left in the passenger check-in area.

Leung’s wife Regina later got airport staff to bring it over to her daughter who was already in a restricted area waiting to board her flight to San Francisco.   

Reports said the Leungs bypassed security regulations.

Carol Ng, secretary general of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, demanded Lo retract his statement to the Legislative Council that similar cases will happen in the future.

Former lawmaker David Chu said Cathay Pacific Airways suggested sending the luggage to San Francisco on another flight which would arrive the next day but was turned down by the Leungs.

He said none of the five or six staff involved in the incident has come forward, which suggests they are under “some kind of pressure”.

Cathay Pacific has remained silent about the incident.

Meanwhile, the government said it is aware of public concerns but denied airport security or travel safety was compromised.

It said it will consider whether follow-up action is necessary after it receives an official report of the incident from the Airport Authority.

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