Sunday, May 6, 2007

Where's Our Luggage?

The flight back to Beijing was not without its episodes.

For most of the ride back, the plane encountered turbulence and the seat belt sign was on most of the time. Not that that stopped people from getting up from their seats and going to the washroom. The flight attendants didn't even stop them and even made room for them while they were serving drinks and meals.

After a bumpy landing (I think the Air China pilots need to practice this maneuver), we exited the plane onto the tarmac and waited for a shuttle bus to take us to the main terminal. It reminded me of the days of Hong Kong's old Kai Tak airport.

My wait at passport control wasn't too bad. But then we waited for our luggage... for almost half an hour. Everyone was getting restless. And it was understandable since it was after 11pm and people wanted to get home.

The carousel started moving... but still no luggage in sight.

And finally when the first suitcase popped up, people started clapping!

Well-deserved applause for the baggage handlers I guess.

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