Granted, it has been a while since I worked for the part of Motorola that became Freescale, but I am fairly certain there were rules against the maximum number of employees that could take any one flight. I think it was 2 for executives and 6 or 8 for regular employees. Situations like this, rare as they are, was the reason. I wonder if Freescale still has those rules and ignored them, or didn't copy them over.
Most likely it was scrapped - plane crashes being rare things, it's easier and cheaper to book a single flight for everyone. I mean, that could mean booking easily 4-5 flights for something that probably only happens once a year or less, and the chances of that flight being "the one" is so low that the added expense isn't worth the cost.
Planes are highly reliable pieces of equipment, much more so than even just 30+ years ago. We understand risks much better, and airspace is generally well controlled and monitored. So that policy might've been necessary back in the days, but these days, it's so unlikely that the company would rather save the money.
Just this time, unfortunately, they lost the bet.
Pffff. I flew into KL a few weeks ago and I gotta say security was ridiculous. My plane had to stop to refuel and about five times before landing they warn you over the air that if you have any drugs on you when they land you'll be executed (the plane WAS from Amsterdam). Everyone had to disembark (and we weren't allowed to take any baggage). Then through metal detector + xray + pat down for everyone. Seemed a tad overkill for a plane refueling. I mean, I get security before entering a plane, but landing midlfight and asking everyone to disembark for another security screening?!?!?!?
Well, technically, the plane is in Malaysia and they'll treat even a fuel stopover as entering the country.
And Singapore and Malaysia are pretty much drug free - they execute anyone carrying any drugs. Zero tolerance - get caught and it's to the firing squad. Very quick, swift justice. You might get a few extra days with some consular assistance.
They treat drug smuggling very seriously. Every vehicle passing through gets inspected.