Passengers Help Out With Soldiers' Overweight Baggage on Flight to Davao

It was heart-melting.


( Packing for a trip, especially if you have limited baggage allowance, is an art. Liquid containers must be below 100 ml, there should be no tripods or umbrellas inside your carry-on, and your cabin bag must not exceed very specific dimensions. Of course, you also can't go beyond the seven-kilogram weight limit. But for the passengers of flight Z2615 bound for Davao on the evening of July 18, packing became an opportunity for bayanihan.




Inday Rakel posted on Facebook how she witnessed something that inspired her to help. "Ahead of me were three humble soldiers. When their turn came to check their luggage in, the lads got an excess with their luggage weight," she starts. There wasn't much of a fuss, the staff followed protocol and the men stepped back and sorted out their things in hopes of keeping their baggage below the limit. "But [no matter] how hard they tried, still there was a seven kilograms excess in one of the soldiers'," the story continues. Cargoing the luggage, which contains mostly combat uniforms, was out of the question since the men were expected in Cotabato and Marawi as soon as possible. What happened next was nothing short of tear-jerking: "Kind hearted passengers started to offer their extra weight for our soldiers." Rakel herself had enough room for one of the soldiers’ boots in her rucksack.

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“I was amazed [by] how my co-passengers acted, ang bayanihan, doon ako na-struck,” Rakel tells We couldn’t agree more. In these challenging times, sometimes we just have each other to depend on.


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