Rebecca Sy was wheeling her carry-on luggage through Hong Kong International Airport ready to board a flight to China when she received the message that changed her
But this walk to the gates was cut short.
“I received a message that I needed to return home and wait for someone from the company to call,” Ms Sy said.
She was summoned to a meeting the following day with Cathay Pacific executives.
In the days before, China had made clear it had zero tolerance for staff supporting the pro-democracy protests that were shaking the airline’s home city.