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CY’s daughter sent letter through lawyer to Airport Authority to provide info on ‘bag-gate’

The Chief Executive’s daughter sent a letter to the Airport Authority through her lawyer offering to provide information on the incident surrounding her forgotten baggage at the airport. The authority turned down the offer, despite it being sent before it published a report on the matter.

Leung Chun-ying allegedly used his position help his daughter bypass security procedures to retrieve forgotten hand baggage at the airport last month, though he has denied any wrongdoing. The Airport Authority report said the incident did not violate any airport or international aviation security standards.

The report had already been completed before Leung’s daughter Chung-yan sent the letter through her lawyer on April 22, but it had yet to be released. The Airport Authority told local media that it had not changed any of the report’s content in light of the letter. It was submitted to the government on Monday.

Leung Chung-yan

Leung Chung-yan. File Photo: Apple Daily/Stand News.

The Chief Executive’s Office told local media that Leung Chun-ying and his wife did not send letters to the Airport Authority, nor did they comment on whether they knew of their daughter’s letter.

Contradictions

The report showed that Cathay Pacific staff members who handled the incident knew of her identity as the Chief Executive’s daughter, and that her mother attempted to take the bag passing through security checkpoints herself. In an earlier statement, both denied disclosing their identities.

The statement mentioned that Chung-yan realised she forgot the baggage right after she entered the restricted area and asked for help from airport security. However, the report attached a timeline of events submitted by Cathay Pacific which showed that Chung-yan asked for help from Immigration Department staff members 22 minutes after she entered the restricted area.

Reports from Airport Authority and Cathay Pacific.

Reports from Airport Authority and Cathay Pacific. Photo: GovHK.

Other contradictions have been spotted in the reports. The Cathay Pacific report suggested that Chung-yan talked with airport security company staff members for 20 minutes about the possibility of retrieving the luggage herself.

But the Airport Authority’s report said she only spoke to staff members for five minutes.

It also revealed a page of the Hong Kong Aviation Security Programme drafted by the Security Bureau, which said that “all screening of cabin baggage shall be conducted in the presence of the passenger.” Airport rules may have potentially been violated as the baggage was brought into the restricted area by airline staff members.

CY's daughter sent letter through lawyer to Airport Authority to provide info on 'bag-gate'