The Hong Kong Civil Aviation Department plans to formally ask Cathay Pacific for an explanation after an attractive female passenger was allowed into the cockpit on board one of their flights, reports Shanghaiist.
The passenger, 28-year-old Ada Ng, had posted photos and a video of the flight landing at Chek Lap Kok airport which quickly became viral online.
A spokeswoman for Cathay Pacific told the South China Morning Post that employees of the airline and their immediate family members may be allowed to use jump seats. Citing privacy concerns, it was not revealed if Ms Ng was an employee or family member.
From the images that she posted online, however, it was shown that her Business Class ticket was marked JMP, which means she had been assigned to the jump seat.
The spokeswoman also did not say if Cathay had a policy against filming or using electronics in the cockpit, but their official website indicates that "small handheld portable electronic devices" may be used throughout the flight.
Netizens on various news and social media websites have expressed outrage that the woman was allowed to ride in the cockpit.
As it remains unclear whether 28-year-old was cabin crew or a family member, her post to Weibo soon went viral and sparked a discussion about airline security, as most airlines have made it near impossible for passengers to access the cockpit post-9/11.
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