Handler Swapped Tags On Hundreds Of Bags, Sending It In All Directions

Bruce Parkinson, Open Jaw

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A mischievious baggage handler at SIN allegedly got his jollies by swapping hundreds of baggage tags, sending luggage off in all directions.

Tay Boon Keh has been charged with 286 counts of mischief, according to the Straits Times newspaper.

He swapped tags every day for three months before being caught. No motive was given for the alleged crime.

If found guilty, he faces a year in jail or a fine for each of the charges.

Changi Airport told the newspaper it was an isolated case of mischief and there was no serious breach of aviation security. Just a lot of ticked-off pax.

Tay's rogue tag-swapping allegedly began when he switched the tag of a bag bound for Penang, Malaysia, with another bag, the newspaper said.

Over the next three months, luggage headed to cities including Hong Kong, Manila and London was sent to other destinations.

Pax flying Singapore Airlines, SilkAir and Lufthansa were affected.

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