Luggage Problems Volume 2,356 (And Sledding)


Because I know you’re dying to know: Did we make it back home with all our luggage?


I have to admit, though, I’m feeling a little smug at the moment – because for the very first time in years, the luggage that is missing is not mine.


I know that our (usually “my”) extraordinarily – even supernaturally – crappy luck with getting bags from one place to another makes zero sense, I feel like I have to explain each and every incident to you, so you know I’m not lying. (I’m not.)

My luggage (which was later found and returned to me) went missing for no reason, just as it has gone missing the last three times I have visited Ohio for no reason.

Kendrick’s luggage went missing for the same reason that our stroller has disappeared forever and ever: Because someone put a little tag on it at the gate, told us they were going to put it on the plane, and then threw it away. Different airline, same result. Also it was a new bag and he hadn’t put a luggage tag with his information on it yet, and since the gate-check tag doesn’t include information about your final destination I have no idea where to even begin looking for this thing (Cleveland? Chicago? The ether?), sooooo…

Bye, bag!

Here are photos of us sledding with Kendrick’s dad, which was much more fun than the luggage-losing part of the trip. (Try not to be jealous of how glamorous my outfit is. It was cold.)


  • Valerie

    Some things I learned when my bag went missing this fall:

    1st, call lost and found of all the airports you went though. It’s possible someone picked it up thinking it was their’s then turned it in. Since there wasn’t a luggage tag, the lost and found departments won’t be able to call you.

    2nd, file a police report. Detail everything that is missing. The airlines tend to be more accommodating to detectives than travelers trying to find their suitcase.

    3rd, file a claim with your airline and include the police report. Since they lost the luggage, they are responsible for replacing your lost items. I got a check for almost the full amount of my claim (a suit jacket that was stolen was > $100 but I didn’t have a receipt to prove it so they only compensated $100 for it, everything else was comped in full). And be sure to call them regularly, they didn’t mail my check until I called them asking about the status of my claim even though the check and letter were dated several weeks earlier.

    In the future, be sure to put identifying info on a luggage tag outside and inside the luggage and a TSA approved lock on it, even your carry on. And don’t check your luggage in early like I did because it will be sent on an earlier flight and someone will steal it.

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