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Pilferage at Beijing Airport

Have you ever lose anything valuable in your life? Sooner or later, you would do so either by theft, leaving things unattended or forgetting where you left it. We normally see signs to never leave our valuables unattended. However, what can we do if this theft happened at the airport?

A friend of mine went home two weeks ago. He checked in as business class and his luggage had a lock. When he arrived at his destination, he found the lock broken and some items missing from his luggage. The thieves pilfered his Chinese CDs and brand new mobile phone. He was pretty pissed off as he can’t believe the nerve of the thieves taking something from someone who’s in business class. Did he recover anything? Nope not even a cent. The airport manager did apologize to him though.

A friend of a friend arrived back in Beijing from Hong Kong. He had an expensive bag (can’t remember which one is it) with Prada shirts, video camera and other high ticket items in his checked-in luggage. When he arrived in Beijing, his luggage didn’t come out of the carousel after quite some time. He reported the lost luggage to the airport authorities and later found his luggage minus some items inside.

Both of these incidents happened at Beijing Airport. I’m not criticizing the airport authorities as I’m sure they’re not isolated cases. However, as Olympics nears, I hope this will lessen or even resolved. I’m sure the Chinese authorities have their ways to handle this kind of situation. If someone can do it, I believe the Chinese government could.

In the meantime, for passengers, I suggest you to carry with you all your valuables and leave those which can be easily replaced in your checked-in luggage. You wouldn’t want your holidays spoiled because you lose something. It’s better to be safe than to be sorry!

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