Cat-astrophe: Malaysia Airlines accused of misplacing feline pet

Malaysia Airlines said in a statement the incident was under investigation. (AFP)
Updated 27 June 2018

Cat-astrophe: Malaysia Airlines accused of misplacing feline pet

KUALA LUMPUR: A distraught passenger has accused Malaysia Airlines of losing his cat which was supposed to be transported with him on a domestic flight, the latest incident to hit the beleaguered carrier.
Kiran Kumar Nesarajah said in a Facebook post that ground crew at an airport in Labuan in eastern Malaysia had let the pet escape on the runway before his flight took off.
The animal was traveling in a pet carrier which had been locked. But the passenger claimed that someone opened the carrier after the cat had been checked in and did not know how to close it properly, allowing the creature to get out.
“Now we have a lost frightened cat hiding in a drainpipe on the runway,” he wrote in the post earlier this week.
He said staff only searched for the cat for 10 minutes before giving up — and then the flight took off for Kuala Lumpur.
After landing in the capital, “flight crew and ground staff don’t know anything,” he said.
“Not a single call. No one to explain what happened.”
The airline said in a statement the incident was under investigation. “Malaysia Airlines gives serious care and attention to all its cargo and is looking into the matter,” it said.
The airline was plunged into crisis in 2014 by the disappearance of flight MH370 and the downing of MH17 over war-torn Ukraine. The twin disasters pushed the perennially loss-making firm to the brink of bankruptcy as bookings dried up.


Israeli jeweler makes $1.5m gold coronavirus mask

Updated 11 August 2020

Israeli jeweler makes $1.5m gold coronavirus mask

  • The 18-karat white gold mask will be decorated with 3,600 white and black diamonds
  • The Israeli company says it will be the world’s most expensive coronavirus mask

MOTZA: An Israeli jewelry company is working on what it says will be the world’s most expensive coronavirus mask, a gold, diamond-encrusted face covering with a price tag of $1.5 million.

The 18-karat white gold mask will be decorated with 3,600 white and black diamonds and fitted with top-rated N99 filters at the request of the buyer, said designer Isaac Levy.

Levy, owner of the Yvel company, said the buyer had two other demands: that it be completed by the end of the year, and that it would be the priciest in the world. That last condition, he said, “was the easiest to fulfill.”

He declined to identify the buyer, but said he was a Chinese businessman living in the United States.

The glitzed-up face mask may lend some pizzazz to the protective gear now mandatory in public spaces in many countries. But at 270 grams (over half a pound) — nearly 100 times that of a typical surgical mask — it is not likely to be a practical accessory to wear.

n an interview at his factory near Jerusalem, Levy showed off several pieces of the mask, covered in diamonds. One gold plate had a hole for the filter.

“Money maybe doesn’t buy everything, but if it can buy a very expensive COVID-19 mask and the guy wants to wear it and walk around and get the attention, he should be happy with that,” Levy said.

Such an ostentatious mask might also rub some the wrong way at a time when millions of people around the world are out of work or suffering economically. Levy said that while he would not wear it himself, he was thankful for the opportunity.

“I am happy that this mask gave us enough work for our employees to be able to provide their jobs in very challenging times like these times right now,” he said.