Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying allegedly used his powers to help his youngest daughter bypass security rules at Hong Kong International Airport last month, according to Apple Daily, in an article published on Wednesday night.
The newspaper said that Leung’s daughter Leung Chung-yan was waiting to board a flight to San Francisco when she realised that she had left her carry-on baggage outside the airport’s restricted area.
Her mother, Regina Leung Tong Ching-yee, who was in the restricted area as a “special person” to send Leung Chung-yan off, reportedly requested that airline staff help bring the luggage into the restricted area; apparently the staff declined to do so.
Airport security rules stipulate that a passenger must exit the restricted area to claim the luggage and go through immigration procedures again.
According to the newspaper, Leung Chung-yan then called her father, the Chief Executive, for help. In a phone call with a staff member, Leung Chun-ying allegedly said “Call me Chief Executive Leung” and asked that the luggage be brought into the the restricted area.
After much discussion, the airport authority ultimately decided to have a staff member bring the luggage into the restricted area. Staff members told Regina Leung that this was a “special case.” According to the newspaper, the luggage went through required security checks.
Leung did not answer reporters’ questions as he arrived at the Chief Executive’s Office this morning, according to local media.