Monday, June 11, 2012

Hats Off To The Baggage Handler!!!

You’re sitting comfortably in your seat waiting for the boarding door to close.  Life is good as you pop open the bottle of water and settle in for a great flight.  All of a sudden, you glance out the window, only to see the baggage handler manhandling your bag.  He throws it on the belt like a sack of dog food, not taking into account any of the valuables inside. 

A few weeks ago, I was traveling and I got to see the other side of the spectrum.  Waiting for my luggage to arrive on the carrousel, my fellow travelers and I were shocked at what we saw.  A walking stick made its way around the belt, with a checked baggage sticker wrapped around it.  We were laughing, but a baggage handler assigned to the carousel was visibly upset.  He shook his head and took the walking stick off of the carousel.  I could tell that he must have been thinking to himself, “what idiot checked this in!!!?”  He threw the walking stick to the side with annoyance. 

Our ride arrived to pick us up, so we had no choice but to leave.  It would be interesting to see what type of person checked this bag in.  Were they elderly and simply not need the walking stick?  Or maybe they bought it at an antique shop and it was made of a rare breed of wood.  Unfortunately, we’ll never know the truth!

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