Jail Time For Baggage Handler Who Swapped 250+ Luggage Tags

by Chris Dong

Checked bags get put on wrong flights all the time, but usually due to negligence or some other non-malicious occurrence. However, an airport baggage handler at Singapore Changi Airport was given jail time for putting luggage on the wrong flights — totally on purpose. 

The Serial Swapper 

The serial bag tag swapper put a total of 286 suitcases on wrong flights as a way to get back at his employer.

The baggage handler at Changi Airport worked for Lian Cheng Contracting, a company that Singapore Airlines used for ramp work. The handler’s job was to make sure checked bags were properly screened for security purposes before they made their way onto aircraft.

However, the handler frequently voiced concerns about being understaffed and equipment malfunctions to his superiors — to no avail. In an apparent act of defiance, he began swapping bag tags on suitcases that belonged to passengers of Singapore Airlines and SilkAir. This all happened within a three month period between November 2016 and February 2017.

Singapore Airlines had to pay out over S$42,000 (or over USD $30,000) to compensate customers who had lost bags that were located halfway around the world.

This week, a Singapore court ruled that the baggage handler would receive 20 days of jail time after pleading guilty to over 20 counts of mischief.

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