Things I Have Only Ever Seen On A Baggage Belt In Pakistan
The Pakistan International Airways baggage allowance is 40 kg, even in economy. It is generous to a fault, that fault being “What On Earth Are You Thinking?”. Nothing will prepare you for the sheer volume of cases that, eventually, find their way onto the baggage belt at the far end of Benazir Bhutto Airport, Islamabad. In the midst of suitcase nirvana, however, are some choice items which have included:
1. Someone’s glasses case, complete with glasses sticking out of the top. They really deserved the ‘fragile’ sticker.
2. A crutch. Singular.
3. A box of Pampers, merrily tootling around by itself.
4. Big, thick, fluffy blankets. Because 40C is sometimes just not snug enough.
And, most bizarrely, a bright purple suitcase with pictures of flowers on it which I saw someone remove from the baggage belt and then….put it back. Having piqued my interest, I then watched them to see what case they finally settled on.
It was black.