Despite the Global Times reporting that some customers are bitching about the price, we’re impressed that an airport would return your confiscated caches of explosives and lucky hunting knives in the first place. The service is having a trial run at Beijing Capital International Airport Terminal 2, with items weighing less than 3 kg costing 20 yuan for delivery within Beijing, and 100 yuan if sent elsewhere.
By comparison, Yuantong Express delivers parcels less than 1 kg for 7 yuan within Beijing, with 3 yuan added per extra kilogram. Delivery from Beijing to Shanghai costs 12 yuan for the first kilogram, and 8 yuan per extra kilogram.
But still, regardless of price, we’re surprised the notion of traveler satisfaction would actually cross the mind of any airport employee. We’ve long accepted that our bottled water goes down the gullets of security checkers during their breaks, while they flick our lighters on and off to entertain themselves. We still stay up nights mourning the drawing compass snatched from us at Washington D.C.’s Reagan National Airport almost 10 years ago, and we feel like we can now finally approach something akin to closure. At least China’s capital, if not America’s, will make sure the same never happens to innocent students of geometry ever again.
By Robert O’Connor