Handbag protest delays Cathay flight

Armed police removed a woman from a Cathay Pacific flight after she refused to stow her Gucci handbag under the seat in front of her or in the cabin overhead, Apple Daily reported on Monday. The flight this month from Hong Kong to Tokyo was delayed for about an hour as the woman contested the cabin crew’s instructions to put her luxury handbag on the floor or in the compartment above her seat, a Cathay Pacific spokeswoman said.

“We had to seek help from the authorities,” she said.

Other passengers clapped when the woman with the bag was finally escorted off the airplane, Apple Daily said.

The woman later apologised and she and four friends who also got off the plane were put on a later flight to Tokyo.

“There was no problem on the other flight,” the Cathay spokeswoman said.