Actress sues MAS over 'leaked' boarding pass

Actress sues MAS over 'leaked' boarding pass
Above: Hanez Suraya

SHAH ALAM - An actress and her friend are suing Malaysia Airlines over "invasion of their privacy" when their flight details were uploaded on a Facebook account.

Hanez Suraya Abdul Aziz, 28, and Romie Razin Adilha Abd Jais, 34, claimed that hours after they had landed in Bangkok on April 20, they were informed by friends that part of their boarding passes had appeared on Facebook account known as "Kami Sokong Liyana Manan" (We Support Liyana Manan).

(Liyana is Romie's wife and they are in the midst of divorce proceedings).

Hanez Suraya said they boarded the MAS flight at KL International Airport to Bangkok on at about noon and had given their boarding passes to MAS staff at the departure gate.

They said they found the Facebook account had over 1000 negative comments mocking them.

They said they found that the pictures of the boarding passes had been posted extensively in social networking websites, blogs and local newspapers causing them to suffer emotional stress.

Hanez Suraya said the suit was filed at the High Court registry here on Thursday through her lawyer Wan Nurliyana Abdul Rahman.

Speaking to reporters, Hanez Suraya said her privacy had been tresspassed.

"This is a question of intrusion over my privacy and security of my details as a MAS passenger.

"It has caused uproar in the internet and the subject became talk of the town," she said.

In the statement of claim, the plaintiffs said that MAS was bound by the Personal Data Protection Act 2010.

They said that MAS through the Customer Privacy Statement had assured passengers that all personal data and details, including flights, were secure.

They said the actions of MAS or their workers in "exposing" the boarding pass was unethical and in violation of the Act.

They are seeking general, exemplary and aggravated damages, interests and costs from MAS, named as the sole defendant in the lawsuit.

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