As we were waiting for our luggage at the carousel in O.R. Tambo International Arrivals terminal a security official is walking around with this cute beagle on a leash. Obviously a sniffer dogs of sorts, I wasn’t concerned being the upstanding citizen I am, but everyone has, at the back of their minds, that element of doubt. You frantically think back over the last 48 hours. Was you bag always in your possession, could someone have slipped something in along the way? What if?
The beagle was being led around the carousel, sniffing everyone’s hand luggage while they waited for their checked bags. I watched as it came around sniffed at Margaurita’s bag but he didn’t move on. He sniffed a bit more and then sat down, a prime example that could have been used in a beagle training video for future generations. The unlikely and dreaded moment arrived, could this be, ” Excuse me sir, is this your bag?” (more…)