THAI airways boss under pressure to quit

Executive chairman of Thai Airways, Wallop Bukkasasut, has come under ever more pressure this week to quit under the glare of an inquiry into corruption charges.

While the THAI boss insists there have not yet been formal calls for him to step down, a special committee of inquiry is being planned with the express aim of looking into claims of what is now being referred to as a the excess baggage scandal.

Wallop stands accused to using his position with the airline to carry onboard a flight between Japan and Thailand excess baggage of approximately 390 kilogrammes.

On Nov 14, Wallop is claimed to have left Narito airport in Japan, on a flight to Suvarnabhumi with a collection of about 40 suitcases. The THAI chairman allegedly did not pay excess baggage charges. Sources within the airline have claimed that had the charges been levied, they would have run into hundreds of thousands of TBH. Wallop is said to have been accompanied by his wife.

Wallop, for his part, has not denied the charges of excess-baggage carriage in itself. He has claimed he was transporting cargo for a third party, a temple in Bangkok. The concerned temple, however, has denied receiving any items.

The probe, if set up, will look to investigate the safety aspects of the extra baggage, how it was allowed to pass, and who exactly was responsible for the baggage in question.

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