The Hong Kong Cabin Crew Federation (HKCCF) is demanding an urgent meeting with aviation officials, as it said the latest reply from the Civil Aviation Department (CAD) “outrightly avoided the questions and concerns” raised over the security procedures for dealing with left baggage in the airport.

The Chief Executive allegedly used his position to help his daughter bypass security procedures to retrieve forgotten hand baggage last month, though he has denied any wrongdoing. Airport staff members helped take the baggage into the restricted area for Ms Leung.

The Federation raised concerns over aviation security to the CAD, which in a reply stuck to its stance that all persons and baggage need to go through security checks. But the reply from CAD did not mention if passengers have to carry forgotten hand baggage into restricted area themselves.

A protest at the airport on April 17 over the ‘bag gate’ controversy. Photo: Resistance Live.

The reply from CAD also said they would be pleased to meet with the industry once they received a report from the Airport Authority.

However, the Federation was not satisfied with the reply.

“HKCCF is aiming for a clear definition and implementation rules that shall be set for every fellow aviation frontline staff to follow,” it said in a reply letter.

“We also considered the request made in the reply asking to hold the meeting only after your department has obtained report and further information from AAHK is irrelevant as our aim is not on individual case only.”

The Federation said it was empowered by local cabin crew to obtain an answer from CAD immediately.

“An open dialogue is the key to address the issue and ease the worries of all the aviation workers and [the] general public of Hong Kong,” it said in a reply letter. “HKCCF urges you to act promptly to avoid situation from deteriorating further.”

It added the CAD should obtain and keep CCTV records from the Airport Authority to ensure the investigation and evaluation can be conducted in a fair and justice manner.

Kris Cheng

Kris Cheng is a Hong Kong journalist with an interest in local politics. His work has been featured in Washington Post, Public Radio International, Hong Kong Economic Times and others. He has a BSSc in Sociology from the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Kris is HKFP's Editorial Director.