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Missing bag ....




Doesn't happen often in my experience, but this morning at 4:00 a.m. when I landed at Oliver Tambo Airport in Johannesburg, my bag was missing. Like just standing there all bleary eyed and fatigued after a very long journey via Addis Ababa from Dubai - the red eye route to save much needed cash - and seeing that baggage carousel going round and round and no bag. Funny how one's mind just wants to recreate the bag on the carousel.

Anyway - I then was invited by a very sympathetic baggage guard (I didn't even have to tell her anything she approached me at his own initiative - looks as though she's quite experienced at delivering this kind of news and advice) to report at the baggage inquiry desk and fill in a report form. So the silver lining in all of this is that I didn't need to lug a bag around to my next port of call in Port Elizabeth. Was a worry however, but tonight am a little more hopeful as looks as though they traced my bag to Addis Ababa. Now hopefully it will make its way to Johannesburg and couriered to me at my address as they undertook to do. When I was at the Port Elizabeth arrivals I noticed by fluke a section called "lost luggage", like I probably noticed it because it's become meaningful. Was a lucky interest as looks as though the guy running it may be the guy who delivers the bag - and I then handed to him my particulars to contact just in case he gets contacted by Ethiopian Airlines.

Addis Ababa was a bit uncomfortable last night for the three hours of connection time. Like one doesn't get time to get a coffee. All of it is spent, even with being a transfer passenger, in a HUGE chaotic line-up and dash for security checks. Not dissimilar to what one finds with arrival at Heathrow Airport at its worst. I was very happy to reach my destination and surprisingly calm when I realized my bag was "lost" - maybe because of being fatigued. I still find it hard to comprehend - if one sends a package with Fedex, all one has to do is enter a code and one knows exactly where the package is. How on earth is it not possible to do it with a suitcase? I should be able to enter the baggage reference code on my ticket somewhere in the system and know exactly where it is. Don't they monitor these things? Particularly in this day and age of being super security conscious and wanting to account for everything in an air plane's hold. By name.

So another event when I finally reached "home". Looked as though the electricity had been down. It must have happened yesterday. Unfortunately yesterday apparently was a hot day. My fridge was completely under water and I had to write off the contents of the freezer. Again couldn't help but think it could have been worse - like it could have happened last week - in which case the frozen fish may have written off the fridge. Guess I received a warning as well - not to have food in my freezer even for short breaks.

OK now hope the job goes the same too. At least it looks more hopeful than my visit in July - with no firm offers as such .... yet, but maybe things may turn my way in January. Cross fingers!



5 blog comments below

Sounds like a bad week for you, deanhills.
Lost baggage - happened to me once many years ago when I returned to Frankfurt from Budapest. I filled out some forms as well but never ever saw it again.
On the next weekend I returned to the airport and inspected their store of lost baggages in the hope I would find it there ... and was amazed to see hundreds and thousands of suitcases in huge high-bay racks. All suitcases for which identification had failed which stranded here in Frankfurt anonymously.
"What happens to all this stuff ?" I asked the person who had let me in.
"We do some sort of flea-market regularily and sell it", he explained.

I still can remember how that suitcase looked like and one of my shirts it contained. I sometimes wondered where it finally went ...
amagard on Tue Nov 21, 2017 12:43 pm
Haha .... looks like a double blog post - difficult to merge. It must have happened when I tried to correct the category of the blog post yesterday.

I felt really lucky today Amagard when I received my bag at home. Reading your response I feel doubly lucky. I'd made my peace yesterday that I may never see the bag again, and then when it was delivered to my home it made me doubly appreciative of its contents. I'm glad I had it plastic wrapped at the airport as I usually do for extra protection of the bag and security. The bag was in good condition - but my bag tag attached to the handle looked as though the bag had been handled more than it usually was.
deanhills on Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:07 am
It is less worse to loose baggage when arriving at home as it has been in my case. Much more trouble when you don't have it in some remote location you have been traveling to.
And if you travel like I sometimes do to quickly move from one place to another it might become difficult for the airport service to get the baggage to you.
Good to hear it has been a happy end for you !
amagard on Wed Nov 22, 2017 9:22 am
I couldn't image losing my bag while traveling. I know I was on a plane a couple times when I was in high school for a band trip but it never occurred to me then that you could be without. Glad you did eventually get it back.
TheGremlyn on Wed Nov 22, 2017 10:12 pm
I'm also happy it arrived safely @TheGremlyn. I don't have to wonder what happened to it, or miss the contents. All is as it should be. It's a good feeling to have.
deanhills on Thu Nov 23, 2017 1:47 am



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