When flying locally or internationally, I always have this moment, right after I check in my luggage, where I wonder if I’m ever going to see it again.
And, if I do see it again, what state is it going to be in? There are just too many horror stories out there about lost or tampered with bags.
Flying locally, it seems, is actually not a problem, especially if Ephraim Sibeko is on the job.
A video of Sibeko taking immense pride in his work at Lanseria Airport in Jozi, went viral after he was spotted taking every single piece of luggage that rolls past him on the carousel and carefully placing it right side up with the handle pointing outward.
Now, Traveller24 has uncovered an Instagram post by @Piloteyes777 comparing the difference between South African baggage handlers, like Sibeko, and those in Manchester in the UK.
Spot the difference:
That Manchester dude clearly has no F’s to give. He would not be high on the list of people I’d hand my baby to.
The Independent reports the video went viral last week, after the “Swissport baggage handler threw cases from a recently arrived Ryanair plane from Malaga onto a baggage cart”. Part of the cart was not secure and as a result the bags landed up on the runway apron, as another baggage handler stood idly by, just watching the debacle unfold.
You have to give them some credit for the level of chill on display here.
Swissport called the luggage flinging an “isolated incident”, and promised to “to remind all staff of our duty of care with passengers’ belongings”. Good to know they need reminding.
Chalking this up as a win for SA. Give Sibeko a raise.
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