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He has been charged with 286 counts of mischief.

Cailey Rizzo
September 22, 2017

Travelers who fly “carry-on only” just got another nightmare story to bolster their arguments.

A baggage handler in Singapore allegedly went rogue and started swapping the tags for hundreds of different bags, sending luggage all over the world to wrong destinations. He has been charged with 286 counts of mischief.

Tay Boon Keh, a 63-year-old contracted employee of Lian Cheng Contracting at Changi Airport, is believed to have started his swapping spree in early November 2016. He allegedly continued every day for about three months before being caught, according to Straits Times. The bags he swapped ended up in far-flung destinations like London, Hong Kong, and Manila.

In court, Tay did not reveal a motive for his scheme that inconvenienced multiple airlines (Singapore Airlines, SilkAir, and Lufthansa) and their passengers for months.

The airport told Straits Times that there has been no breach of security and the incident was isolated. But in response, Changi Airport has increased access control to the baggage handling area, as well as increased CCTV security.

If convicted, Tay faces one year of prison and fees for each charge.

For those who need more reason to avoid checking a bag: last month a sewage leak at Nashville Airport contaminated the baggage area and seeped into more than 200 different checked bags. And as more airlines tack on baggage fees, the argument for flying with just a carry-on grows stronger every day.

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