Skip to comments.China Detains Former U.S. Air Force Pilot Flying for FedEx
Posted on 09/19/2019 6:37:27 PM PDT by Zhang Fei
HONG KONGChinese authorities have detained a FedEx Corp. pilot in the southern city of Guangzhou, elevating pressure on the express shipping giant that is already in Beijings crosshairs amid a U.S.-China trade war.
The pilot, a former U.S. Air Force colonel named Todd A. Hohn, was detained a week ago while waiting for a commercial flight to his home in Hong Kong after flying deliveries throughout Asia from the FedEx regional hub in Guangzhou, people familiar with the matter said.
A lawyer for the Hohn family in Niceville, Fla., confirmed that Mr. Hohn had been detained in China. He was a wing commander at the Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma until 2017.
Reached briefly at his hotel room Thursday, Mr. Hohn identified himself to a reporter and then referred all questions to a family lawyer and discontinued the phone call. He is married and a father, the people familiar with the matter said.
When he was detained, Mr. Hohn was carrying nonmetallic pellets used in low-power replica air guns in a checked bag, the people said. Chinese authorities have alleged that Mr. Hohn was illegally transporting ammunition and have begun a criminal investigation, the people said.
Like many FedEx pilots working in the region, Mr. Hohn commutes to the Guangzhou hub from his home in Hong Kong. Border police have been checking bags of travelers between Hong Kong and the mainland as pro-democracy protests rocking the city have turned increasingly violent.
Mr. Hohn was detained Sept. 12 by Chinese security officials, who escorted him from a preboarding executive lounge, interviewed him and retained his passport, cellphone and other communication devices, the people said.
Mr. Hohn has been told he isnt allowed to leave mainland China until the investigation concludes, the people familiar with the matter said.
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AirSoft pellets? Please.
Eventually, after a week or so, he was released.
FedEx pilot detained, released by police in South China
Chinese Communist Party has finally move to the Hostage-taking phase
Technically an ammunition. It is a projectile propelled into a target by a ‘weapon’. Anyway, if it ends with conviction I am convinced it would be more lenient sentence than for all the poor people caught with handguns in their luggage in NY airports.
It is time that all Americans get out of China and American tourism to China suspended as well. Any one of us could suddenly become a pawn by China to try and make President Trump back off.
Bur the US media won’t say a thing but
“how dare the US!”
I believe we should start arresting any Chinese in receipt of classified material.
[FedEx pilot detained, released by police in South China]
But then who would chauffeur our senators?
A modified remake of “Cast Away”.
I don’t make light of this however. It’s an international incident.
Exactly what I was thinking. Poor Diane Fecalstain would be in a lurch.
"A" Wing Commander? How many wings does Altus have?
He was THE Wing Commander at Altus.
Beto is taking notes.
Fed Ex should close up shop in Red China, period. Let them ship their own crap on their own crappy planes.
“Chinese Communist Party has finally move to the Hostage-taking phase”
China has always taken ‘hostages’ if it will do something for them. They often institute an exit ban on a person in hopes that pressure will be put on a government or family members who are outside of China.
You never know if you have an exit ban until you try to leave the country. It’s one of the many reasons why those who work in Hong Kong try not to go to China at this time.
One day China will nationalize US business interest and round up US citizens.