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Anyone have a Lost or Delayed Luggage Story?

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1. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Have the airlines ever lost your Luggage?

Or has your luggage ever been delayed (where you had to move on without it)? If so, what type of inconvience did it cause you?

2. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

Well since I had to travel for work for almost 2 years...I was frequently moving through airports. I NEVER checked a bag since I had intimate working knowledge of what goes on BEHIND the counters;) Well, this past Jan. I was on a 'fun' trip and on the way home I was tired...didn't want to drag my bag through airports..etc. So I checked my bag. All I had with me was my purse (which has nothing in it but my wallet, checkbook, address book and calander.) Needless to say, I took the bump when my last leg was overbooked (for the free round trip ticket of course!) and they put me up in a very nice hotel. Unfortunatly I had nothing! No jammies, no computer...I learned my lesson, and willl never check my bag again. If I can't carry it with me, I don't need it!

3. Posted by IMonaghan (Respected Member 431 posts) 11y

Like cupcake I travel for work quite a bit... difference is I usually am lugging tool boxes and months worth of clothes along with me so I have to check bags nearly every time.

I've had a few mishaps, but my worst one was about a month after Sept. 11th flying to Malaysia. I have a handfull of electrical tools that I travel with that I used to carry on(pre Sept. 11) that I tried to once after that. Security decided it looked like an explosive device and hauled me in for questioning. After hours of explaining I got the lead security guy to understand that it wasn't a bomb I was trying to carry... just a harmless electrical meter. I was allowed through security, but had to check the meter...

My plane and my bags with it had already left without me so I had to get an additional bag for my tools and check it seperately. Because I wasn't on my original flight they pulled off my bags in Detroit after finding out I wasn't travelling with them (was a new rule after sept. 11) and because of the confusion the extra bag of tools didn't ever make it onto the plane to Amsterdam I actually did get on. (originally I was routed through Narita via Detroit)

Long story short(a bit late for that sorry) I stood in the KL airport for about 3 hours waiting for my bags before I gave up. I wasn't allowed through customs because I didn't have my bags... Turns out my regular luggage after some miscommunication went to some airport in Africa and the special bag I had to pack stayed in the states for a day before being sent off for Singapore. 5 days in to my Malaysia trip I finally got my bag with all my clean clothes much to the relief of my co-workers. There are very few stores in Malaysia that sell my sized clothes so I had a lot of trouble for that first week.

All in all it worked out except for one thing... I'm really jealous of my suitcase now... It's been to Africa and I havent

sorry to make it so long.

4. Posted by Orbit (Budding Member 10 posts) 11y

American Airlines lost my luggage (although I heard they do this all the time), on a trip to San Francisco. No luggae at the other side, very unhelpful staff. Gave us a tiny plastic toothbrush and paste and we had to go out and buy some essentials for a day and a half when eventually the luggage turned up. It wasnt too bad, compared to some people who have to go an entire holiday without loggae while its off sunbathing in another country!

5. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

My luggage went on a seperate vacation without me twice.

The first was when I went from Montreal to Dublin last year. Our plane was delayed in Toronto (which to me means they had PLENTY of time to load the cargo), but I waited and waited and waited for my luggage. Air Canada shipped it four days later, and I washed underwear in the sink for ahwile.

The next was on the way to New Orleans. We literally sprinted for our connecting flight in Cincinnati, so I knew our luggage wasn't going to make it. It came the next day, though.

My grandfather worked for Air Canada for years, so I've always known to pack some extras in my backpack, just in case.

6. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

I've never had luggage be more than a few hours late arriving somewhere and it's always arrived.

My father accidentally grabbed the wrong suitcase once. He decided to come a day early so we could be on time, without connections, for a Jamaica departure. Once at my apartment, he opened the case to find women's clothing - mostly lingerie. We quickly returned the luggage to the airport and found that no one had come to claim it. His suitcase was in unclaimed baggage, and we were able to retrieve it easily.

7. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

A couple lost luggage disasters come to mind, here's one that happened just last year:

I arrived in Africa with the clothes on my back and my luggage was a step behind for first 4 or 5 days. The misadventure started with the flight over. After waking up at 4am flying to Atlanta, connecting onto a Very, Very long flight that was supposed to be direct to Johannesburg, as we're finally getting over the coast of Africa the pilot says we're running low on fuel and need to land in Windhoek, Namibia to refuel. Well that was my actual destination and after flying for almost 24 hours I was pretty happy to be there. The problem was they wouldn't let me get off the plane :(. So I have to sit on the plane for an hour (looking out the window at the place I need to be...but still have to fly to J-burg and then turn right back around and return to Windhoek). They told me they could not open the doors to the plane there...ok...let's just get on with the flight. Then as we're taxing out on the runway they make an announcement that a woman is sick and she needs to get off the plane. So another hour (now they have no trouble opening the doors) they take her off (I tell them I'm also sick and need to get off...they don't believe me). So I watch her taken off as I stay on .

Finally we take off, get to J-burg just in time to miss my connection to go right back where I just came from . I get put an another flight (my luggage evidently did not) and finally get to Windhoek :) . The real problem is now I'm renting a car and driving off into one of the more remote areas in the World (assuming they find my luggage how are they going to get it to me in the middle of nowhere?, I don't even know where I'll be).

So I head North with NOTHING! No bug stray, No toothbrush, No extra clothes, No Nothing :( . I usually try and carry-on some extra stuff but because of my camera and film, etc. I had no extra room. And in Namibia there are not a lot of stores around to by anything. Now it gets worse, the first night I'm out and it RAINS as hard as I've ever seen it rain (oh yea...NO flashlight...all that good planning to take everything I need and its all somewhere else in the World) so I'm trying to find my cabin in this torential downpour, pitch black darkness, and I step in a massive puddle. Now I'm soaked (more importantly all my clothes, sneakers, my 1 and only pair of socks...everything soaked!).

To kind of wrap up the story 5 days later they fly my found luggage 100 km South of Etosha (where I am), they wouldn't bring it to me so I had to make arrangements for someone to go get it for me (I didn't want to waste Safari time).

It all worked out, although those first few days were certainly a struggle.

8. Posted by Cupcake (Travel Guru 8468 posts) 11y

You win! That is the worst case of 'misplaced' luggage I have ever heard;)

9. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting Cupcake

You win! That is the worst case of 'misplaced' luggage I have ever heard;)

Thanks Cupcake,

Things didn't go much better the next day either...wanna hear about day 2 of my African "Vacation"

10. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

If it's as intriguing as day one and the luggage is still vacationing without you (or even if it isn't) - yes!