Have you ever seen those signs at the airport that say “Do not leave your bag unattended.”? Have you ever wondered what would happen if you did? I found out today. What happens is nothing.
With a little over two hours of sleep last night, my son and I made our way to the airport. We got checked in and ventured down to security. I was lugging my purse, a roller bag and a duffle bag. My son had a backpack. The airport was rather empty today, so there was no line for security. We got waved in, we showed our boarding passes and went to load everything onto the conveyor belt. After everything was loaded and our shoes were off, I noticed that something didn’t look right. My roller bag was missing. I began looking in every direction for my missing bag, while retracing my steps in my head. After a few moments, I realized that it had to be next to the first security check we passed through.
Unloading all our bags and walking barefoot in the opposite direction, back towards security I was sure that they would call us back to an enclosed room to search our bag. After all, they do have those signs posted everywhere warning you not to leave your bag. What did they do? They called a fellow security agent to fetch my bag and hand it to me. No search, no pulling us to the side, nothing. I was surprised and relieved. I sure didn’t want us to miss our flight.
Leaving security, I knew that I desperately needed coffee if I were to successfully make the flight. As we neared our gate, we took a detour to grab a cup of coffee and juice for my son. We ordered, paid, got our order and went to find a seat. While sitting down and unloading our bags, I realized my roller bag was gone again! Searching for it, I spotted it over by the counter where we had just gotten our drinks. Leaving my son to watch our belongings, I walked over and retrieved it.
This time I knew for sure that we had to be on security’s radar. I scanned the area left and right, all around us for an agent. Again to my surprise, no one was in sight and we walked away with no questions asked. That was great for us, but it made me wonder even more, what those signs are for. Why even put them up?
Perhaps I just look too innocent to be a terrorist? You can’t trust people just because they appear a certain way. Terrorists can come in all sorts of colors, shapes and genders. What’s funny is that I’m writing this while in flight. I wonder if my seat neighbor is reading this. Would it make you uncomfortable if your neighbor on the plane was writing about poor security measures and terrorists? I find it to be funny. I obviously have a warped sense of humor.