Airport worker 'swapped hundreds of luggage tags'

A baggage handler has been accused of sending passengers’ bags to the wrong destinations by swapping luggage tags.

Tay Boon Keh has been charged with 286 counts of causing mischief for allegedly swapping tags at Singapore Changi Airport every day for almost four months.

The 63-year-old intends to plead guilty, the Straits Times newspaper reported.

He has not explained the motive for his alleged actions.

He is believed to have swapped passengers’ luggage tags almost every day between November and February, affecting passengers bound for cities including London, San Francisco, Frankfurt, Perth and Manila.

The airport handles 70,000 bags a day, according to its website, and flew nearly 59 million passengers to 380 destinations in 2016.

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

A spokesman for the airport – voted the best in the world this year in a survey by Skytrax air travel – said the luggage tag swapping had not caused a security risk.

Tay, who no longer works at Changi Airport, will be back in court in October.

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