Yes, believe you me, there is. And I have proof.
But before getting into that, first things first, I was away for about 10 days. I traveled to India on a whirlwind trip. Sorry folks for not connecting or meeting up with bloggers in Hyderabad as promised. I just about managed to find enough time to travel.
Anyways, now back to the title of this post, let me tell you why. We were scheduled to fly back from Mumbai to Abu Dhabi on 21st night. And we were supposed to take the evening flight out of Aurangabad to Mumbai the same day. I woke up that morning with a severe stomach pain. Eventually ended up throwing up a few times. My wife had the same problem and Ibrahim woke up with a fever and cold. By afternoon, our travel plans were under severe jeopardy. But after taking a few tablets, we decided to go ahead and give it a shot. I had to get back to work else things could get complicated.
So we reached Aurangabad airport on time, went through our routine check-in and stuff, boarded the flight and eventually reached Mumbai. But due to our stomach bugs, we were in pretty bad shape physically. By the time we got to the international airport, Ibrahim began to get cranky and both of us were feeling so sick and weak that it looked impossible to continue. I was feeling giddy and thought I would black out any minute. We even considered canceling/rescheduling our flights. But we decided to give it one last shot.
As soon as we reached the Jet airways check-in counters, I noticed a long queue of passengers waiting. And just as we slowly made our way to the back of the line, an officer from first & business class counter requested us to come forward. I immediately moved towards that counter bypassing an entire queue of waiting passengers. He asked for our tickets and passports. And then weighed the luggage. Now for a fact, I knew we were atleast 25 kg overweight. I was allowed 20 kg on adult and 10 kg on infant tickets. My entire luggage weighed close to 75 kg. We knew this before hand and were carrying enough cash to pay for extra luggage and get over with things. But once I put the bags on the conveyor belt, he just looked at the weight and immediately issued boarding passes. Now, not to let a good opportunity go by, I quickly asked if I could check in one more hand bag. And he said yes to that as well. Can you believe it? Our entire luggage got checked in without paying a single penny!!!
Now once we got our boarding passes, a jet airways employee accompanied us to passport control. Anyone who has traveled from Mumbai know the long queues there. But this jet airways guy, lets call him ‘messiah’, just made us walk through the crowd and took us directly to a counter bypassing more than 200 shocked faces!!! And he did this all by himself. We did not ask for it.
After passport control comes the security check. And Mr. Messiah asked us to follow him. We walked to a lift, went one level down, and reached an alternate security check point with hardly any passengers. And yet he still made us directly walk into the metal detectors. And that’s it. Within seconds we got through this as well.
The entire process which would normally take an hour and cost us atleast 10 grand (for the excess luggage), got done in less than 15 minutes without paying a dime. I just could not believe my luck. I told messiah that I will give him some cash and guess what he said with a big smile, “No thank you sir. It was my pleasure. Have a safe journey”. And he started to walk away.
We were speechless. This was Mumbai airport. People here are ready to rip you off your last buck. And this guy said “no thanks” to money? My wife insisted on paying him. I handed him Rs 500 and asked him to buy some stuff for his kids. He still resisted but I insisted and put the cash in his pocket. He smiled and said goodbye.
I just could not believe what we just went through. We’ve had horror stories at Mumbai airport over the years and today, when we were really challenged health wise, with a little baby who was getting cranky by the minute and were expecting things to get really nasty with the luggage and the crowd, everything worked out like a charm. It was unbelievable. And all this without any initiation. We did not request a single thing. Come to think of it, looking at our tired, worn-out and sick faces, maybe they just had pity on us.
And that’s exactly when I thought, “Yes, there IS a God!” 🙂
Wish ya’ll a Merry Christmas and a Hap Hap Happy New Year!!! 🙂