‘Stop ruining our honeymoon’: Metro Vancouver flyers share airport baggage horror stories – BC News

‘Stop ruining our honeymoon’: Metro Vancouver flyers share airport baggage horror stories – BC News

If you’ve checked a bag on a recent flight and had no problems, consider yourself lucky.

Throngs of frustrated flyers have seen their luggage disappear for days, weeks and even months as airports around the world struggle with unprecedented congestion; some particularly unlucky travelers never see their luggage again.

For example, a man from Surrey, BC told Vancouver Is Awesome that he was “absolutely disgusted” after being reunited with his bag over a month after traveling with Air Canada.

But the furious airline passenger isn’t the only local with a luggage horror story to tell.

A Vancouver woman wrote on Twitter that the airline she was flying with lost her luggage and still hasn’t gotten it back.

“Now a week later I’m trying to get home and my plane makes an unscheduled landing to change pilots only to find out that the new pilots actually can’t do it and I have to spend the night in Edmonton of all places,” she add.

Tanya from Burnaby wrote that her luggage was delayed for five days during a layover at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson (YYZ) Airport. She added that she almost missed her connecting flight because the handicap assistance was delayed for over an hour.

Ben from Vancouver also expressed his dismay at the baggage handling on a recent flight from Albania.

In a tweet, locals said: “The entire bottom floor was a huge pile of luggage. EasyJet told us the luggage was never loaded onto the plane. At least half the plane was missing luggage.”

A Vancouverite who goes by Betty Black on social media expressed pure relief when she received her luggage after visiting the airport six times in an attempt to find it. She writes in a tweet that it was lost after WestJet put the “wrong bag tag on [her] suitcase.”

A Langley resident wrote that he hasn’t seen his luggage in three days since arriving at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).

Is there a way to keep track of luggage on a flight?

Some travelers have tried to get ahead of the problem by placing non-traditional luggage tags on their luggage to avoid losing them on the journey.

Whether you pick up an Apple AirTag, Samsung Galaxy SmartTag, a Tile Pro or another “smart” tracking device, you can find your luggage from anywhere in the world.

According to Samsung, SmartTag can even be used offline, with the Galaxy Find Network. You use scanned data to find the bag privately.

“And it’s easy to browse a history of where the tag has been to track it down. You can also use other devices you own to find your items,” claims the company.

Apple AirTag uses similar technology, allowing you to keep track of your belongings through the “Find My App” feature, which you can also use to track your Apple devices.

Apple says the AirTag emits a “secure Bluetooth signal that can be detected by nearby devices in Find My Network.” The devices send the location of your AirTag to iCloud, and you simply use the “Find My” application to view it on a map.

AirTag can also be set in “Lost Mode”. If you put it in this mode, when it is detected by a device on the network, you will automatically receive a notification.

According to Vancouverite Morgan, she was able to see that her luggage was sitting at Dublin Airport for two days via AirTag.

“We’ve applied for delayed baggage, we’ve tried calling you, the airport, everyone and no one will answer. Please give it back and stop ruining our honeymoon,” the frustrated traveler tweeted in an appeal to WestJet.

A Canadian woman also shared the story of using Apple’s smart chip to keep track of her luggage between Saint John and Toronto.

Kelly Liang writes on TikTok that she “tested out two different tracking devices in my luggage”.

In a follow-up video, she said that “Til did its job” but that “AirTag is a little more accurate than Tile.” While they both “worked well,” she preferred the latter since she “already had an Apple device.”

What can you do if the airport loses your luggage or significantly delays them?

On July 6, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) released a new resource for travelers experiencing flight delays, cancellations and lost luggage.

The document outlines information about travelers’ rights and what they should do if their flight is delayed or cancelled, according to the online Air Passenger Protection (APP) document. It also provides information on the steps to take if your luggage is lost, damaged or delayed.

But airline passenger rights advocates say the CTA is not acting in passengers’ interests.

In the end, though, you may want to pack light. The best way to avoid losing your luggage on a long-haul flight is to keep it with you. Obviously, this may not be possible in all circumstances, especially if you have to pack a smorgasbord of options for a multi-faceted travel experience.

Find packing tips and other ways to keep your luggage safe in our comprehensive luggage guide.

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