Luggage Stories

I had an afternoon flight from Denver, CO back to school in Massachusetts last Christmas break. I checked in with plenty of time, carrying on my laptop and guitar case. When I got to the gate to board the plane, the attendants told me that my boarding pass had not been properly stamped, and asked […]

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Flying DCA to PIT to attend a late summer wedding. Flew Friday evening for Saturday wedding. Wedding was in a small town 60 miles outside of PIT. Just out of college, so not a lot of spare cash. I traveled in a pretty old shirt and an equally old pair of jeans. Anyway, I arrived […]

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I recently took a trip from Long Island, NY to Cincinnati, OH on US Airways Express (Air Wisconsin). I haven’t flown US Airways in a long, long time, but they were the cheapest available. I arrived at the airport, checked in fine only to discover that they are now charging $25.00 to check bags… that’s […]

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My family flew to Vienna with Austrian Airlines. Two of our luggages were 1 kg overweight. The flight attendant, Susan, who was checking us in, decided to start screaming at us about how we obviously can’t read because the maximum amount of kilograms permitted is 23. My mom proceeded to start emptying her hand bag […]

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Recently I flew with my daughter from San Jose to Dallas. It was my 2 week vacation to my brother’s place. Not knowing that American Airlines was charging me for luggage, I ended up paying $30 for my 2 bags. I was furious but could not do anything at the last moment. I just could not […]

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The loudspeaker announces the security warning clearly, “Do not leave your luggage with anyone else…” Yet, inevitably, someone always asks me to watch their luggage for them while they go… wherever. Once, while waiting for a connecting international flight, this lovely older person asked me to watch her one piece of carry-on luggage while she […]

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I can’t even tell you how excited I was to be heading to this particular music camp. Not only was it out of state (a big venture for someone who had been in Florida her entire life), but it was a very renowned program that would give me a ton of experience. Seeing that it […]

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Summer 2007, I flew SWA from St. Louis to Oklahoma City to attend my sister-in-law’s baby shower. The flights themselves were no problem at all. However, when I got home and opened my bag to unpack, someone had dumped out EVERYTHING in my bag and just stuffed it all back in willy-nilly. Even my makeup […]

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Over the 20 years that I have flown for business, it is generally the rule that after about six months I need to replace my suitcase. Baggage handling is never gentle but on one trip, shortly after buying a new suitcase, I retrieved my suitcase and it was flattened like a pancake! So I went […]

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On a recent trip from Hawaii to San Diego, my brother and I lost the boarding pass lottery and ended boarding the plane last to be seated in bulkhead seats behind first class passengers. It was a two aisle plane and we had the window and aisle seats together on the left of the plane. […]

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Where Is My Bag?

February 7, 2010

in Luggage Stories

I wanted to have this experience of flying alone internationally without my parents or anyone tagging along with me… I was excited to visit India and Taj Mahal… I couldn’t wait. So, I finally arrived at the New Delhi airport with my heavy book bag on my weak shoulders, a rolling handbag, and a huge […]

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I, like many others, suffer from “Sleep Apnea” and use a device that keeps my airway open while I sleep. It is called a “CPAP” machine, which stands for Constant Positive Air Pressure. When I travel, the device and accessories fit neatly in my carry-on bag which is then subject to a search by our […]

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