The scandal that has rocked the world of cushions is taking a new twist after an Australian man was found to have used a cushion with fake fabric in an attempt to get around airport security rules.
According to police, the man was visiting a friend in Australia on a visit to China and the two of them used a cushions that were fake.
The cushion was found at a hotel in the United Arab Emirates, with a fake fabric inside, police said.
A police spokesperson told Al Jazeera the man, a Singaporean citizen who was staying in Dubai, had not been charged and was “not suspected of any crime”.
Police said they have yet to determine how the man obtained the cushions.
They said they were not aware of the source of the cushion and had no further information.
“The Australian government has expressed concern to the UAE government about the misuse of our passports and the UAE is continuing to investigate and take appropriate action,” Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr told reporters.
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said he was “disappointed” by the discovery.
“I was very disappointed to see the news of this discovery,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum in Manila, where the government has been pushing for greater trade and investment ties with the region.
“It is something we have all been concerned about, because of the global nature of the business of these cushion businesses,” Turnbull said.
Carpenter’s friend, who was also not charged, told reporters that she had been using the cushons since she arrived in Australia from China in January, but did not expect the discovery of a cushion in the luggage.
“That’s when I thought, ‘What’s going on?'” the woman said.
“But then I thought about it and I realised it was a fake cushion.”
Police said the woman had purchased the cushion online, but would have needed to travel to Dubai to buy it.
The Australian Embassy in Dubai has been contacted for comment.