What do you do? The guy sitting next to me just got up and left his suitcase behind at the gate. It took a few minutes to register or I would have said something like “hey, you forgot your bag”. Of course I didn’t speak his language but am sure I would have made myself clear. I didn’t get a good look at him other than notice he had on sweatpants with a stripe down the side, dark hair that was a little balding and probably about 20 pounds over his ideal weight.
After about 15 minutes I became more concerned, enough that I left that area just in case and debated internally if I should alert someone. What is the protocol in other countries? This was a relatively small airport and not as alarming as Istanbul or Paris. I looked around for a gate agent thinking this would be the easiest course of action. There were policemen eating in a restaurant nearby….but I waited. I looked for the suspect and thought I saw him talking on a phone about 100 yards away…looked at the suitcase again to see if it was smoking or something. I don’t think Homeland Security will hire me anytime soon.
While I was still pondering my dilemma the man returned and actually sat next to his bag. Once we all boarded I made sure he didn’t run off the plane leaving his bag stowed in the bin. “All’s well that ends well”?
Next time you should report it. You really have nothing to lose but if you don’t who knows what could happen.
You’re right…..not sure why I was so hesitant.