My large piece of luggage which you can see in the picture at the top of this post has just been on its third holiday without me. Yes, once again it took off on its own and decided to go on tour alone.

Having your baggage delayed or misplaced is quite a disconcerting experience for most people. Inside are valuable items and things you need, so having no bag is a world of stress.

Where Did My Bag Take A Holiday?

Summer storms are a fact of life in the United States. Apparently they are so severe that airports actually close for a period of time while the weather front passes through.

I got caught on a flight from Washington DC to Boston. We pushed back from the gate and then we ended up parking up by the runway for a good part of two hours before we could go.

Naturally this meant I missed my connecting flight and ended up on a different flight with minutes to spare. Of course, the bag didn’t make it to the new flight which I completely expected.

American Airlines, to their credit, got the bag moving fast. They have a great baggage tracking feature on their web site, so I could see my bag decided on a short break in Philadelphia before coming to Dublin.

One Other Fly In The Ointment

While American Airlines had the bag to Dublin less than 24 hours after my own arrival, I didn’t see the bag until three days later. You may wonder why this is so.

The bag arrived at the beginning of a holiday weekend in Dublin and apparently the courier service does not operate except on working days. I had no problem since I was at home, but imagine if I was a tourist visiting the country. I’d be very unhappy about that!

Overall Thoughts

As I said, this is the third time my bag has been on holiday without me. Each time it has come back safely via courier, which actually saves me having to schlep all 20 odd kilograms of it with me on the bus to my house.

Being able to track your bag online via the airline web site is something that all carriers should offer. I am really quite laid back so the delay in getting the bag from Dublin Airport to me was no problem, but in reality they should engage couriers that work weekends.

Have you ever had your bag lost or delayed? How did you feel and what was the outcome? Thank you for reading and if you have any comments or questions, please leave them below.

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