November 20, 2010
The attempt was valiant, but doomed.
Amazingly though, after realizing the futility of the situation, I simply went to the Air China service desk and said (in Mandarin), "I forgot my passport at home." Without blinking, the agent asked if I could fly out the next day, which I could, and that was that.
No hassles, no money exchanged, just good service.
I don't really see that happening at LAX or JFK, or Heathrow or Charles de Gaulle, for that matter.
Flight in China, it seems from the dozen or so times I've flown domestically in country, is still about a happy customer. And I have no complaints thus far.