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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 her own initiative to give me the bad news - 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 my contact details 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 severe fatigue.

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 as the power had been tripped. It must have happened yesterday. Unfortunately yesterday 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 - not to have food in my freezer even for short breaks - electricity is not as reliable.

OK now hope the job goes the same too with a silver lining. The one job I was really interested in wasn't a rejection as such, but there was absolutely no feedback after a Skype interview in September - my e-mail inquiries have been unanswered - the recruitment process had been going on since end of June - anyway, maybe it's not to be. At least other meetings during my blitz visit last week look more hopeful than my visit in July - with no firm offers as such .... yet, but there were indications of genuine interest by people I know and like and useful meetings. Cross fingers!



2 blog comments below

Sorry to hear about your bag and job hunt. Bag reminds me of when I flew to New York but my bags went to Hawaii. I asked them why that could not have been the other way around (which got a laugh). Then I asked them to fly to Hawaii to personally retrieve my bags (which got another laugh). Di end up getting a voucher for a round trip flight within continental U.S. (bummer) and a little expense money to cover things (change of clothes and toothbrush) until my bags were return.
Bags finally showed up at my home, three days after I got back from my trip.

Best of luck with job hunt.
standready on Tue Nov 21, 2017 4:38 pm
Haha .... guess I was lucky then that this happened only at the end of my return journey. If it had happened at the beginning of the journey I'd have been screwed, as I had no spare time - every day of the 8 days I was away was accounted for.

I can't complain as this afternoon early my bag was delivered to me at my home. When I phoned them last night (Monday evening) at the airline baggage office in Johannesburg they could tell me that the bag had got left behind in Addis Ababa. They then sent it on the corresponding flight the next day to Johannesburg. I felt lucky.

Must say I really appreciated the contents of my bag that much more - as at the time when the bag was discovered lost I had made my peace that possibly I'd lost everything in it. I never insure my bag and accept that if I should lose a bag or it gets damaged that that would be collateral damage. Was nice feeling to get the bag back though. It was in good condition and still had its plastic wrapping that I always add at the airport for protection and also extra security. The baggage office at Port Elizabeth Airport who delivered it to my home said that I was really lucky as usually when they get the bags they're worse for wear. Mine looked very good for a lost bag. So I guess this had a good ending to it. I was lucky. Smile
deanhills on Wed Nov 22, 2017 2:00 am



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