The boy flew from San Diego to D.C. this weekend for the wedding of his GF’s college roomie. In usual AJ fashion, he stashed everything but his suit (which he carried on) into a huge Abercrombie & Fitch duffel bag so he would only have a carryon. When full the thing stands about 3’ tall.
At check-in at Dulles on the way back, they made him check the bag. No biggie; it sometimes happens.
He gets to the carousel in San Diego to wait for his bag when the woman next to him picks up her bags and says “OMG! My bags smell like fish!” He’s thinking – great…where’s mine?
Yep, he gets his the next couple of go arounds and bam, the thing smells like fish guts. It reeks, it’s soaked around the whole outside with this stuff. He opens the side pockets where he has his ties – they’re soaked and trashed. He opens the bag and most of his clothes are saturated. His nice leather toiletries bag is soaked and reeks. EVERYTHING in the bag smells.
He goes to the counter along with the other folks (the line eventually went down an entire hallway) and the clerk says “Yeah, it’s not us – that happened in Dulles. It happens a couple, two times a week, I’d say.” No further explanation offered.
Say what? The one airport in the country that you would think would have all its bells and whistles cranking on all cylinders in terms of security and things such as fish fluids leaking from some unknown source has a mysterious fish order baggage issue?
He was pissed. Had to do laundry at 11 p.m. (anyone with a son knows how dreadful this was), took his ties and other dress clothes to the dry cleaner to the tune of $90 and the bag to a luggage repair shop hoping they can remedy it. They did tell him not to be too hopeful – they’re not sure they can get the smell completely out. The worst part? A&E no longer makes that type of duffel bag nor are the bags they make as durable. He’s had the thing since college.
He’s filed a claim with the airline (the one with two capital letters) and is waiting to hear from the luggage store.
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