The passenger standing in front of the luggage you see, waiting in line near the Japanese Airline check in counter in Manila, taped two signs to his precious luggage imploring all baggage handlers to handle his soft luggage carefully to avoid damaging the contents. The two signs beg those who make their living loading planes with baggage to Handle with Care because his suit case is soft.
Given the sheer volume of baggage handled by these overworked airline employees, one has to wonder to what extent the baggage handlers will adhere to this travelers daintily refined request? Can’t you just imagine one of the irritated baggage handlers chunking this guys baggage on to conveyor belt with a little extra force? Also, rather than hoping said baggage handlers will honor his request, why not buy some new luggage?
I am sure he is trying to save money like the rest of us, but his penurious ways are inconveniencing check in personnel and baggage handlers who are already rushed enough. Maybe I am wrong about all this, but it does strike me as a bit trifling for this “special passenger” to expect service over and above what should be required.
Hopefully I have sufficiently amplified the absurdity of expecting baggage handlers to treat each passenger’s luggage with the utmost care and I urge readers to carefully peruse Confessions of An Airline Baggage ‘Thrower’ written by George Hobica of the Huffington Post for more detail regarding the abuse and beating your luggage takes.