Changi Airport sees 7% rise in passenger movements in August

Cornelia Mascio
Settembre 21, 2017

The release issued by Changi Airport Group said, "The airport registered 5.27 million passenger movements last month, a 7.0 per cent increase compared to August previous year".

Tay Boon Keh - an employee of industrial equipment supplier Lian Cheng Contracting, which is subcontracted under the Changi Airport Group - was charged in court yesterday with 286 counts of mischief, reported The Straits Times.

Hundreds of passengers' luggage were sent to the wrong destinations when the bag-tag swaps occurred.

He is believed to have started his crime spree on Nov 8 past year by swopping the baggage tag of a Penang-bound piece of luggage with another bag.

The court was not told where the affected bag ended up or why Tay Boon Keh had even committed the act in the first place.

Tay is believed to have subsequently swopped around baggage tags nearly every day for three months until this February.

Luggage bound for destinations such as London, Hong Kong and Perth is believed to be amongst the items affected over the period of three months, while Singapore Airlines and Lufthansa were amongst the airlines affected.

Singapore Changi Airport registered 5.27 million passenger movements in August 2017, a 7.0% year-on-year increase.

A spokesman added: "Nonetheless, we have enhanced access control as well as the CCTV coverage in the baggage handling area". "Patrols have also been stepped up".

He did not explain his actions, but meant to plead guilty, it reported.

Tay could face a year in jail and a substantial fine if he is convicted.

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