Former pro-Beijing politician and National People’s Congress member David Chu Yu-ling asked airport staff to help bring his forgotten luggage into the restricted area in an attempt to recreate “bag-gate” – an incident involving Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying and his family.

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

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David Chu. File photo: Kris Cheng/HKFP.

Chu was on his way to Manila, Phillippines but left his hand carry at the check-in counter. He asked the lounge and Dragonair boarding gate staff for help, as Leung Chung-yan had done, but the request was rejected by staff for security reasons. He was asked to retrieve the luggage himself. According to Apple Daily, Chu asked “There is no special treatment?” In turn, the staff member replied, “You can go out yourself.”

The former NPC member claimed at a demonstration at the airport in April that Leung had indeed reduced an airline staffer to tears. He also said that the Chief Executive and his daughter should face the public to explain the incident.

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Leung Chung-yan. File /Stand News.

Cathay Pacific, which owns Dragonair, was asked by Ming Pao why Chu’s situation, which was the same as Leung Chung-yan’s, received different treatment. Cathay Pacific told the newspaper that they had no further comment and that reporters could read the report regarding the incident.

Chantal Yuen is a Hong Kong journalist interested in issues dealing with religion and immigration. She majored in German and minored in Middle Eastern studies at Princeton University.