Throughout every airport there’s the warning to not handle anyone else’s bags. This is for your safety; what if the bag contained something dangerous or illegal? You could not only get into trouble with the law but you could be hurt. As airlines continue to place restrictions on the size and number of bags that travelers are allowed to carry onto the plane, it’s important to continue to be vigilant.
Perhaps you only have one carry on bag, because the rest of your luggage had to be checked due to size or weight regulations. Someone approaches you. They’re friendly…perhaps they even strike up a conversation during which you both discover you’re on the same flight. After becoming your acquaintance, they ask you to take their bag onto the airplane for them. Perhaps they have one too many bags. Or maybe they just ask you to carry their bag through security; maybe they tell you the extra bag is too heavy because of a shoulder problem they’ve endured.
You have several choices. You can honor their request. Maybe they were being honest and you’ll get to help someone out. Maybe they weren’t being honest and then you might find yourself in some trouble. You can get up and walk away. Chances are, they’ll chat up the next person who comes along with an empty hand. Or, you can contact security. In so doing, you’ve not only saved someone else from potential harm, but if the suspicious person was telling the truth, security and airport personnel can arrange to help someone lift their luggage, or help them to find a cart or trolley for their bags.
As with many situations, you can still be helpful and kind, but please do not place yourself in harm’s way simply because someone else seems to be as caring and considerate as you are.