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    Missing luggage stories (thanks CK1)

    Clothes! That reminds me of one trip that I did not only had my clothes but my whole suitcase was missing! Not that I forgot but ... my suitcase came a day later.

    The trip started out as a disaster as my original flight had been cancelled because of a tornado. The next available flight would have been a week later! After lots of protesting at the airport and explaining that I HAD to be in Aruba NOW as I had made hotel and rental car reservations and would meet friends who are only there NOW, he arranged for a flight the next day... which would take me across the whole country (central Texas - Houston - Newark - Aruba) and was almost a 24 hour trip... my suitcase didn't make it and got stranded in Miami!

    The official at Aruba airport assured me my suitcase would be delivered to my hotel. That never happened. So I drove there the next day at 11 a.m. and explained my situation. Still running around in the same clothes! LONG pants! Just a borrowed t-shirt. Had to borrow shampoo and body wash, a simple tooth brush was provided by the airline. And was told: "We are closed, come back this afternoon!"

    At this point, I was close exploding! My eyes must have been rolling, steam must have come out my nose, mouth and ears! LOL As she suddenly said: "Follow me!"... and lead me over to the magical door, unlocked it and let me in into the large airport area which was flooded with abandoned suitcases.

    And there it was: my little beloved suitcase. Life was good again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    Clothes! That reminds me of one trip that I did not only had my clothes but my whole suitcase was missing! Not that I forgot but ... my suitcase came a day later.

    The trip started out as a disaster as my original flight had been cancelled because of a tornado. The next available flight would have been a week later! After lots of protesting at the airport and explaining that I HAD to be in Aruba NOW as I had made hotel and rental car reservations and would meet friends who are only there NOW, he arranged for a flight the next day... which would take me across the whole country (central Texas - Houston - Newark - Aruba) and was almost a 24 hour trip... my suitcase didn't make it and got stranded in Miami!

    The official at Aruba airport assured me my suitcase would be delivered to my hotel. That never happened. So I drove there the next day at 11 a.m. and explained my situation. Still running around in the same clothes! LONG pants! Just a borrowed t-shirt. Had to borrow shampoo and body wash, a simple tooth brush was provided by the airline. And was told: "We are closed, come back this afternoon!"

    At this point, I was close exploding! My eyes must have been rolling, steam must have come out my nose, mouth and ears! LOL As she suddenly said: "Follow me!"... and lead me over to the magical door, unlocked it and let me in into the large airport area which was flooded with abandoned suitcases.

    And there it was: my little beloved suitcase. Life was good again!
    WOW! That was quite an ordeal.... hope you were finally able to relax after all that!

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    argh you must have been exhausted and really ticked off......... a nightmare, that ended happily
    aruba...worth a cross country trek!



    we had a situation years ago when our son was young...he may have been about 10 or 11.
    prior to aruba we went to hell and back searching for a particular model submarine kit for him. (he was a model maker)
    anyway, we found the particular model he wanted with much effort.

    he brought it to aruba and worked on it poolside under an umbrella during the day and in the evening @ lacabana apartment.
    it was quite a project. which he completed with so much effort.
    he was so proud of his work.

    we wrapped it very carefully with tons of bubble wrap and packed it in a hard sided suitcase, checked it at QB (aruba) airport.
    we arrived at logan int'l in boston, and no suitcase, none of our luggage arrived.
    we filled out the appropriate missing luggage forms with the airline and they assured us our bags would be delivered the next day.
    the next day came and went......72 hrs later, Mass State Police, rang our doorbell with 3 EMPTY suitcases.
    they determined that all of our stuff was taken in Miami.

    the kid is still traumatized


    Quote Originally Posted by CK1 View Post
    Clothes! That reminds me of one trip that I did not only had my clothes but my whole suitcase was missing! Not that I forgot but ... my suitcase came a day later.

    The trip started out as a disaster as my original flight had been cancelled because of a tornado. The next available flight would have been a week later! After lots of protesting at the airport and explaining that I HAD to be in Aruba NOW as I had made hotel and rental car reservations and would meet friends who are only there NOW, he arranged for a flight the next day... which would take me across the whole country (central Texas - Houston - Newark - Aruba) and was almost a 24 hour trip... my suitcase didn't make it and got stranded in Miami!

    The official at Aruba airport assured me my suitcase would be delivered to my hotel. That never happened. So I drove there the next day at 11 a.m. and explained my situation. Still running around in the same clothes! LONG pants! Just a borrowed t-shirt. Had to borrow shampoo and body wash, a simple tooth brush was provided by the airline. And was told: "We are closed, come back this afternoon!"

    At this point, I was close exploding! My eyes must have been rolling, steam must have come out my nose, mouth and ears! LOL As she suddenly said: "Follow me!"... and lead me over to the magical door, unlocked it and let me in into the large airport area which was flooded with abandoned suitcases.

    And there it was: my little beloved suitcase. Life was good again!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    argh you must have been exhausted and really ticked off......... a nightmare, that ended happily
    aruba...worth a cross country trek!

    we had a situation years ago when our son was young...he may have been about 10 or 11.
    prior to aruba we went to hell and back searching for a particular model submarine kit for him. (he was a model maker)
    anyway, we found the particular model he wanted with much effort.

    he brought it to aruba and worked on it poolside under an umbrella during the day and in the evening @ lacabana apartment.
    it was quite a project. which he completed with so much effort.
    he was so proud of his work.

    we wrapped it very carefully with tons of bubble wrap and packed it in a hard sided suitcase, checked it at QB (aruba) airport.
    we arrived at logan int'l in boston, and no suitcase, none of our luggage arrived.
    we filled out the appropriate missing luggage forms with the airline and they assured us our bags would be delivered the next day.
    the next day came and went......72 hrs later, Mass State Police, rang our doorbell with 3 EMPTY suitcases.
    they determined that all of our stuff was taken in Miami.

    the kid is still traumatized
    3 empty suitcases. So your clothes, etc was stolen also? Did you get reimbursed by the airline. Poor Kevin. I'm sure at his young age and all the work that he put into his project that he was (is) traumatized.
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    everything from all the suitcases GONE, never to be returned to us.
    we received compensation from the airlines (AA) and further compensation from our trip insurance.

    the model was of the "nautilus," and we had to go back to groton, connecticut to buy him another "nautilus"


    Quote Originally Posted by Liz - Aruba Lover View Post
    3 empty suitcases. So your clothes, etc was stolen also? Did you get reimbursed by the airline. Poor Kevin. I'm sure at his young age and all the work that he put into his project that he was (is) traumatized.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    everything from all the suitcases GONE, never to be returned to us.
    we received compensation from the airlines (AA) and further compensation from our trip insurance.

    the model was of the "nautilus," and we had to go back to groton, connecticut to buy him another "nautilus"
    Thank goodness you were able to get another model.... but wow, I can just imagine how awful you all felt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    WOW! That was quite an ordeal.... hope you were finally able to relax after all that!
    Yes, I did. And it turned out to be one of my best vacations on Aruba, being able to meet with my friends, laugh and joke with them. I also have to say it was sooo sweet from the owners of the apartment where I stayed to provide me with a t-shirt (pants would not have fix), some shampoo and body wash. And just being there and sympathizing with my situation. They also advices me not to wait for my suitcase to be delivered, as that would never happen but to go there and get it myself.

    Sometimes, those ordeals are the story we remember best and I'm just grateful that all worked out at the end and be able to laugh about it!
    (Didn't happen right away, it took a while to digest it all! LOL)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    argh you must have been exhausted and really ticked off......... a nightmare, that ended happily
    aruba...worth a cross country trek!



    we had a situation years ago when our son was young...he may have been about 10 or 11.
    prior to aruba we went to hell and back searching for a particular model submarine kit for him. (he was a model maker)
    anyway, we found the particular model he wanted with much effort.

    he brought it to aruba and worked on it poolside under an umbrella during the day and in the evening @ lacabana apartment.
    it was quite a project. which he completed with so much effort.
    he was so proud of his work.

    we wrapped it very carefully with tons of bubble wrap and packed it in a hard sided suitcase, checked it at QB (aruba) airport.
    we arrived at logan int'l in boston, and no suitcase, none of our luggage arrived.
    we filled out the appropriate missing luggage forms with the airline and they assured us our bags would be delivered the next day.
    the next day came and went......72 hrs later, Mass State Police, rang our doorbell with 3 EMPTY suitcases.
    they determined that all of our stuff was taken in Miami.

    the kid is still traumatized
    It definitely was exhausting and I needed a vacation after THAT vacation!
    But all was good at the end. That's what counts.

    Oh, I'm so sorry your son's "stuff" was taken. It was something quite unique and special. Not easily replaced. What a nightmare, especially for a kid!

    How is this even possible that they empty all your suitcases? Were they stolen and the thieves just threw the empty suitcases somewhere? I HATE things like that! What a nightmare!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    everything from all the suitcases GONE, never to be returned to us.
    we received compensation from the airlines (AA) and further compensation from our trip insurance.

    the model was of the "nautilus," and we had to go back to groton, connecticut to buy him another "nautilus"
    Oh, some of my questions were answered here, should have continued reading.

    If there is only a delay with the suitcases, that's not too bad. But if they are gone, I really hate things like that.
    I'm glad you could buy your son another model of the "nautilus".

    Btw, Andrea, I have been thinking about the advice you gave to get a travel insurance. And did it for my upcoming trip to Switzerland and Germany. What I noticed: the reimbursement for a stolen/lost suitcase is quite low, only $300. The international insurance is Allianz Travel Insurance.

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