Facebook user Inday Rakel relate her experience when passengers of an Air Asia flight showed their appreciation to three Mindanao-bound soldiers with excess baggage.
“I am on queue for my flight bound to Davao tonight (18-7-17) with flight no. Z2615. Ahead of me were 3 humble soldiers. When their turn came to check their luggage in, the lads got an excess with their luggage weight,” she said in her post on Air Asia Facebook page.
Without any complaints, the three soldiers stepped back and sort their stuff out. However, one of the soldiers’ luggage was still 7 kgs heavier than their allowed baggage allowance.
“After learning where they were bound to, I felt the need to talk to the Supervisor. I mean, these men are risking their lives for our security, our peace, our freedom…can’t they be granted with [a] bit of privilege? At least a free 7 kgs luggage,” she added.
Before Inday Rakel could look for a supervisor, kindhearted passengers started to offer to take in some of the soldier’s excess baggage.
“With that, my heart melted. I was really captivated by the generosity and kindness these passengers [have] shown. It was literally like Filipinos in Bayanihan. And when it was my turn, luckily enough with an extra 2kgs free, the soldier’s shoes filled my rucksack in,” Inday Rakel said.
“I am blessed to somehow help them with their luggage, and that was a little thank you for the bigger job they are doing. But, we are even blessed to have these men who are ready to die for our freedom, for our land,” she added.
In an interview with ABS-CBN News, Inday Rakel said she did not intend to criticize the airline or its employees.
“Siguro magagawan naman ng paraan ng AirAsia ang mga ganyang bagay. Nakakalungkot lang kasi tingnan, sila po yung lumalaban para sa kalayaan natin. A little treat naman lang sana para sa kanila,” she said.
AirAsia Philippines CEO Captain Dexter Comendador said in a statement that they “recognize the incredible sacrifice of our military heroes and the Bayanihan spirit among Filipinos.” Air Asia also offered to increase the free baggage allowance of all AFP personnel on a peace-keeping mission to 40 kilos” upon presentation of their official ID and mission order effective immediately.”
According to AFP spokesman Birg. Gen Restituto Padilla, what happened was “very inspiring and heartening.”
“We truly appreciate their support and the overwhelming support we are getting from the public. We take this as our source of inspiration and strength…Sana hindi po kayo magsawa sa panalangin para sa ating kawal at para sa kapayapaan para sa ating inang bayan,” he added.
The Facebook post has gained 52,000 likes and 7,994 shares as of this writing.
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