Former US Air Force pilot working for FedEx is detained in China after checking replica air-gun pellets in baggage that knew two screenings before being arrested awaiting flight to Hong Kong
- Todd Hohn was detained in South China last Thursday after pellets in replica air cannons were found in his checked bag for a flight with Cathay Dragon
- Chinese authorities removed the man – allegedly a married father – from the Guangzhou airport lounge while waiting to fly home to Hong Kong
- Hohn reportedly had a screening in Japan where he had flown from and another screening at the FedEx facility in Guangzhou
- Authorities claim that he had illegal ammunition with him and started a criminal investigation
- FedEx said on Thursday that the pilot was released later, but may not leave mainland China amid a probe
- Some employees of the airline that transported Hohn have recently expressed support for opposition demonstrations
- FedEx is already being investigated in China in a trade war with the US.
A FedEx pilot has been arrested in China in the midst of an ongoing dispute with Beijing over the supply irregularities of the American company with telecom giant Huawei.
Todd Hohn, a former US Air Force pilot, was arrested by the Chinese authorities a week ago while waiting for a commercial flight to Hong Kong with Cathay Dragon in the Asian hub of Guangzhou.
While waiting in an executive lounge before boarding the Cathay Pacific plane – some of whom have expressed support for opposition demonstrations – Hohn was arrested.
Authorities then searched his baggage where they found non-metallic air gun pellets, according to a source near the case.
Todd Hohn was detained in South China last Thursday after pellets used in replica air guns were found in his checked bag for a commercial light
Chinese authorities removed the man – who is reportedly a married father who works from the FedEx hub of Guangzhou airport – while he waited to fly home to Hong Kong. A FedEx Express aircraft is seen on a maintenance basis in Guangzhou (file image)
His passport, cell phone, and other communication equipment had been confiscated WSJ reported.
Hohn & # 39; s luggage was screened at Tokyo, the Japanese Narita airport, where he had made a round of deliveries.
It was also screened when leaving the FedEx facility in Guangzhou.
Sources said he later moved to a hotel and referred cases to his Florida lawyer when he was contacted.
& # 39; Chinese authorities have been detained in Guangzhou and later released one of our pilots on bail after an item was found in his luggage prior to a commercial flight & # 39 ;, said a FedEx spokeswoman, who confirmed information that was first in Wall Street Journal.
But now he is reportedly not allowed to leave the mainland until a probe is completed.
FedEx said on Thursday that the pilot was released later, but may not leave mainland China amid a probe
Hohn reportedly had a screening in Japan where he had flown from and another screening at the FedEx facility in Guangzhou
Hohn and president of the Altus Chamber of Commerce present the wing leader during the Honorary Commander Induction Ceremony March 24, 2017, Altus Air Force Base, Oklahoma. Twenty-seven members of the community were initiated into the two-year program
Chinese authorities have opened a criminal investigation into what they & # 39; illegal ammunition & # 39; mentioned by the married father from Niceville, Florida.
Hohn was a wing commander at the Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma until 2017 when he and more than 20 other pilots joined FedEx.
Fifteen years before that, he was responsible for flying home people who fought abroad.
Many FedEx employees have undergone baggage checks during protests against democracy in Hong Kong.
On Tuesday, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying accused the US of training demonstrators.
FedEx is currently facing several investigations in China, where it has come under fire for supply irregularities related to Huawei.
Hohn, 97th commander of the Air Mobility Wing, presents a flag and shadow box to Leonard Hestand, veteran of the US Army Air Corps, for a soccer match on November 13, 2015 at Altus High School in Oklahoma
In May, FedEx apologized for the & # 39; misuse & # 39; of a & # 39; small number & # 39; Huawei packages.
Huawei said at the time that it would review its links with the courier service about the incident.
A Chinese government test launched in June accused FedEx of keeping more than 100 packages from Huawei.
The line comes when Beijing and Washington compete against each other in a trade war in which both sides have exchanged steep rates on hundreds of billions of exports.
Huawei is also confronted with movements from the United States to blacklist the Chinese technology company and cut it off from the American components it needs for products.
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