Monthly Archives: November 2011

Airport Mishap

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Seriously, I now agree that the Philippines does have the worst airport.

Okay, so maybe I’ve already agreed to that one even without a personal experience. It all happened last November 5. I had a wedding to attend, or a reception. Anyway, here it goes.

I awoke at 5 in the morning such that I was on the road to NAIA Terminal Two at around 6 to catch my plane at 7:50. Now the airport rule only requires us to be there 45 minutes before the actual flight. I was early, in short. Now usually there is a signage at the check-in counter which would indicate the costumer’s destination. I was supposed to head to city called Tacloban. I’ve searched every nook and canny of the entire NAIA. All that was there was Tagbilaran. So I headed to the Customer Service or the front desk.

“Excuse me, Ma’am. What time po ang flight ng PAL to Tacloban?”
“7:55.”
“NAIA Terminal Two po ba, Ma’am?”
“Oo.”
“Which counter po, Ma’am?”
Browse, browse, browse. “Kahit alin sa 3-7.”

I’m not sure what I felt that time. I seriously feel like I was interrupting the Madam from working her nails into physically-attractive ones. I wanted to say, “By the way, Ma’am. Thank you for not taking interest.” That would have been rude, but so is not no eye contact with a customer when one is in the position to actually do that. For a while, I felt relieved that I now have a place to go. Eyeing the counters, I was afraid that the Madam who entertained some of my questions just misread Tagbilaran for Taclobam. Minutes later, I found myself falling in line. When I was to go next, I stopped to ask the man who was regulating the line. He wasn’t sure either but said, “Ah. Early check in? Counter 4 na lang po.”

Upon reaching Counter 4:
” Uhm, Ma’am, dito po ba ang pa-Tacloban?”
No answer. Then there was this guy who was there before I even was whose problem was his credit card not being present. Now, I would have the same problem had I not prepared. But I was prepared. Unlike that said guy.

I didn’t check in any baggage. I intended to just hand-carry my Michael Kors and four half-dozen boxes of Krispy Kreme. I know right.

–shall continue later-

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