The last two weeks have been quite hectic and tiring for me. Along with a colleague I had to go to Tianjin, China, which is quite a long way away from Singapore. Six hours of flight, one hour of immigration and baggage claim queue, and three hours of drive.
Just as we turned in to the hotel room in Tianjin, a call came from the office - another trip coming up after China, better be prepared. So, a few days later, after flying back from China in another long journey, we had a brief one day of rest in Singapore and then straight back to the airport again for a trip to Bangkok.
The next day, after long meetings in Bangkok we headed for the Suwarnabhumi airport to fly back home to Singapore. Exhausted, I didn't pay too much attention when checking myself and my bag in. I slept all the way to Singapore.
Later on in Changi airport in Singapore, I didn't have to wait long by the baggage carousel. I spotted my bag right away, gliding slowly on top of the conveyor belt. But.... I noticed from afar that the zipper of my suitcase had slided down the side. I must've forgotten to lock it back after putting some stuff in earlier in the afternoon! All the lugging and pulling in the baggage compartmet during the flight must've pulled the zipper open unintentionally.
Oh no! Basically the suitcase was half open. My heart sank. Most of my valuables (laptop, external harddisks, cellphones etc) were in my laptop bag which I carried to the cabin, but my Creative Zen Vision, which is a music and photo viewing equipment, was in the suitcase! Wouldn't want to lose that one!
Quickly I hauled the suitcase down from the carousel and groped in to check if the Creative Zen was still there. It was. Along with everything else that was inside. Fiuuuhhhhh....... my heart started to beat normally and I calmed down. Gladly I zipped up the suitcase again and started to walk out. A security guard who was standing nearby came up and said that he saw my suitcase was not zipped up and that I had checked the inside, he asked if there was any problem.
"Oh, thank you, but everything is fine." I said. I told him that I probably had forgotten to lock the zipper so it slided open during the trip. But nothing was missing from inside. All my stuff were intact.
So, thank you, SQ. Thank you SQ crew in Changi airport for taking care of my stuff.
I can't help to think though, that if this had happened in Jakarta airport instead of Singapore airport, the story could be different. I'm not bashing my own country or think bad about my fellow countrymen, but hey I've read in the newspapers stories about how even properly locked suitcases have turned up with things missing from inside. What's the odd of an unlocked suitcase turn up intact? Well, maybe it would still be a big odd, because even though some people have lost valuables from checked in suitcases, many more (including me) have never experienced anything bad. But, just in case, I won't try and prove it :)