Ride on a flight may not be bumpy, but getting to recognise your travel weary baggage carries the risk of holding onto someone else’s piece. It’s not a figment of imagination but reality staring out blankly. The story has been enacted thousands of times yet redress is hard to come by. The travellers know best what baggage loss means, or even for that matter the damaged repository of your valuables. Our TIA, the only international airport that Nepal can boast of, is the place where the irate inbound travellers have to get themselves decked for the jousting with the airlines staff. Assurances flow after a set period of time but the damage is done to the credibility of the carrier and the sensibility of the aggrieved passengers. The pacifying straw is the compensation aspect.
Why and how such incidents take place is for some high level committee to find out and recommend measures to make a happy landing worth reminiscing over the days. The baggage being a personal possession ought to receive utmost care, the owner will be pleased as a result. It is not without reason that the anti-graft body is so upset over the affairs at TIA. It wants TIA to come up to international standards possibly to the minutest details, including state of the art safety and security arrangement. Without that in place, it’s a sorry tale for anyone landing up in the so-called sophisticated complex, either flying out or coming in.