Hong Kong Politics & Protest

‘Disappointed and angry’: Aviation union calls for rally over gov’t handling of ‘bag-gate’ controversy

A flight crew union is calling a rally against the government’s handling of the controversy surrounding a piece of forgotten luggage belonging to Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying’s daughter.

The Hong Kong Cabin Crew Federation announced on Wednesday it is urging all flight attendants, pilots, airport ground staff, members of the public, and even passengers who have used the airport in the past, or intend to in future, to take part in a rally at the airport’s arrivals hall between 3pm and 6pm on Sunday.

The federation was “extremely disappointed and angry” that Civil Aviation Director-General Norman Lo Shung-man has not taken responsibility to fully explain the matter.

CY Leung's family at airport

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More details will be announced on Thursday. The Secretary-general of the federation, Carol Ng Man-yee, expected several hundred people to join the rally.


‘Full investigation’

Civic Party’s Jeremy Tam Man-ho, also a pilot, said his party will join the rally. He and the federation earlier submitted some 34,000 signatures to three international aviation regulatory bodies to demand a full investigation.

The controversy stems from an incident in which the Chief Executive allegedly used his privileges to help his daughter bypass security rules to retrieve forgotten hand carry luggage at Hong Kong International Airport.

The Chief Executive and his family, as well as the Airport Authority, denied that rules or procedures were bypassed in the incident, but pro-democracy lawmakers have called for an investigation.

Secretary for Transport and Housing Anthony Cheung Bing-leung said on Wednesday that he has requested the Airport Authority to submit a report on the incident and his bureau will follow it up afterwards.

'Disappointed and angry': Aviation union calls for rally over gov't handling of 'bag-gate' controversy