It seemed like someone tried to open my luggage at KLIA last Monday after my plane touched down from a Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul. I was suspicious as after the eight-hour flight, I and the other passengers on the plane were told of a technical glitch affecting the offloading of our luggage.
After about 20 minutes of waiting near the conveyor belt after the announcement of the delay, I decided to go to a duty-free shop to buy cigarettes and chocolates.
After 15 minutes, I again waited near the conveyor belt. A few of the passengers, who were seniors and women with babies, voiced their frustration at not getting their luggage faster.
Some 30 to 40 minutes of waiting passed before I got to pick up my luggage. Upon cursory inspection, it looked like someone tried to open the locking mechanism and fortunately only partly succeeded.
Even though there were no valuable items in the bag, it was regrettable that there seemed to be an attempt to open my luggage.
I entertained the thought that the so-called glitch came about because of the failure of some unscrupulous person to open passengers’ bags.
My other theory is that the locking mechanism on my luggage was affected due to rough handling.
Whatever it is, one has to take extra precautions to safeguard one’s luggage by using the wrapping service.
A week earlier, when flying from KLIA to Istanbul, I used the wrapping service to protect my luggage. It arrived safe and sound.
During the journey home, I did not see the need to wrap it again as there was nothing valuable in it.
This was the second incident to befall me. The first was two to three years ago when I was on my way to Cyprus. I did not use the wrapping service.
Let this be a lesson for everyone. Even if one does not have any valuables inside one’s luggage, take an extra step to protect it.