Singapore luggage handler jailed for exchanging luggage tags

SINGAPORE: A Singapore luggage handler He has been jailed for 20 days for exchanging labels on almost 300 bags at the city-state airport, which causes them to end up in wrong destinations around the world.

Tay Boon Keh, 66, pleaded guilty to charges of exchanging labels on 286 bags at Changi Airport, one of the busiest centers in the world.

He made the exchanges between November 2016 and February 2017 out of frustration and anger after his request for additional staff in his work section was ignored, he heard a district court.

According to court documents, suitcases originally destined for various parts of the world, including Perth, Manila, Frankfurt, London and San Francisco, were affected.

The bags belonged to passengers traveling through Changi and using Singapore Airlines and its regional wing SilkAir.

The court heard that Tay suffered a major depressive disorder when he committed the crimes.

But state prosecutors said the evidence presented at a hearing showed that his condition did not contribute significantly to his commission of crimes, as he continued to have control over his actions.

Prosecutor Thiam Jia Min said the exchange could have caused potentially even serious or fatal consequences, as some passengers could have run out of medication.

Changi handled almost 65.6 million passengers last year.