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The crew alerted the authorities in Hong Kong and police boarded the aircraft when it landed.

“The rest of the passengers disembarked and suspects identified were ordered to remain in the aircraft and were searched by the police in Hong Kong‚” said Tlali.

“Nothing was found [on] them during the search‚” he said‚ adding that the suspects had to be released.

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“The items complained of were however recovered by the cleaning staff as they cleaned the aircraft … and were found on … the seats in the same cabin. The [items] was returned to the complainants‚” said Tlali.

He said that SAA would not hesitate to impose a ban on any passengers who were reported to have breached its conditions of carriage as they formed part of the rights and responsibilities between the airline and its customers.

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