Air Asia draws flak on social media for doing this to Marawi-bound soldiers. Read why!

A local airline is in hot seat after the heartbreaking story of soldiers who were not accorded special consideration for going over the limit in their luggage goes viral.

Credits photo to Eric Clark Su

Facebook user Inday Rakel the story of the Marawi-bound soldiers calling out the airlines to give special consideration to the soldiers who sacrifice for the country.

Inday Rakel, who personally witnessed the airport drama, showed mixed emotions while narrating the story. At one point, he felt proud for doing a little in helping the soldier’s cause. At the same, he felt sad for the indifference of our airlines toward our men in uniform who are willing to die fighting the bad guys for our freedom.

In the end, Inday Rakel called out the local airlines to give a little bit of special consideration to our soldiers who sacrifice for our country.

Meanwhile, despite the depressing theme of Inday Rakel’s post, the Filipinos ‘bayanihan’ spirit shines through in the end.

According to Inday Rakel fellow passengers who learned of the soldier’s circumstance offered to take their excess baggage so that they could take their flight and report for duty.

Read the post below.

I was on queue for my AirAsia 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. The staff somehow, did her job efficiently and followed the airline’s protocol. So our 3 men without any complaints, stepped back and went to the side and sort their stuff out. But even if how hardly they tried, still there was a 7 kgs. excess in one of the soldiers’. Upon looking at their things, all we can see were their combat uniforms, which got me sooo curious and started to chat with them. 1 passenger suggested to have it cargoed but they cant do it as they have to travel straight to Cotabato and 2 of them are to head to Marawi. After learning where they are bound to, I felt like the need to talk to the Supervisor. I mean, these men are risking their lives for our security, our peace, our freedom… cant they be granted with lil bit of privilege? at least a free 7kgs luggage?

Before I went around to try to look for the Supervisor, kind hearted passengers started to offer their extra weight for our soldiers. With that, my heart melted. I was really captivated by the generosity and kindness these passengers 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.

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. Even if they were so called “men in uniform”, they remained humble and followed simple airline rules. True heroes not just in war, but as an abiding citizens. Filipino citizens who deserve better at least for an extra few luggage weight.

Cheers to our heroes! Our soldiers!

May all our airlines give somehow a lil bit consideration esp. to them who sacrifice for our country.

God bless the Philippines!

The post angered netizens and condemned the local airline for treating our soldiers shabbily.

Magno Rivera remarked: “Hindi man lamang mabigyan ng kahit konting konting konsiderasyon yung ilang kilong excess weight ng bagahe?

Ang layo sa pagkilala sa mga sakripisyo ng mga kawal sa ibang bansa na itinuturing na mga buhay na bayani’t tagapagligtas ang mga unipormadong handang ibuwis ang buhay para sa kapayapaan at kaligtasan ng LAHAT kabilang na ang mga walang konsiderasyon na mga empleyado at pamunuan ng Air Asia.”

aniel Mather wrote: “A few extra kilos of luggage overweight ? Extending them simple privileges is a small price to pay for their sacrifices being awake protecting us while we sleep soundly. My GOD, they’re battle bound and on an ultra dangerous mission. Take good care of yourselves, boys. The country needs you…..”

Cristeta Baguin commented: “What the!!!???, a supervisor should have been notified immediately…in this situation..duh!!! I agree with Ms MeriAnn Lacia, here in US, militaries gets to board first, and passengers with small children. They should have been seated in first class if equipped with such..”

Clint Polo remarked: “theres always a work around di lang ginawan ng paraan ng nasa front desk. the customer rep could have done something. on a positive note, maganda ang resulta dahil sa mga pinoy na may puso. snappy salute mga boss.”

Bienvenido Lao wrote: “What do you expect from airlines like this? The girl should have taken the initiative and called her superior. My heartfelt thanks to everybody who helped.”

As of this writing, the post has gathered 6,473 shares, 23,000 reactions and 215 comments on Facebook.

The local airline in the hot seat has been identified and according to ABS-CBN report, Air Asia it is! [ABS-CBN]

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