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Russian roulette with a 64-chamber revolver

From EUPravda:

"The number of bags delayed at the airport amounted to 4.6 million between January 2008 and October 2008 in the European Union... Effectively, one piece of luggage has been reported missing for every 64 passengers".

I've only had my luggage mislaid the once - Toulouse-Paris-London - and was rather pleased as it meant I did not have to schlep it across town but rather had it delivered by courier the next day.

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Blogger Mermaid of Moorgate said... 2:43 pm

I had a bag go missing for six days into my trek around Denmark. helpfully this was in the immediate aftermath of the Glasgow bombings, so everything in my handbag was shoved into the suitcase. All I took through security was my passport and AK47. I mean, my passport and a roll of polos. Not even my credit card.

What did amaze me though was the danish authorities' persistence - they tracked me down to a little Island called Bornholm and there, waiting for me on my return from the village, was my greeet big pink case outside the chalet. Everything was a bit fusty but I was happy to be reunited all the same.

And that was when I decided
a) Avoid Heathrow wherever possible
b) Avoid BA wherever possible.  

Blogger Croydonian said... 2:56 pm

That's a pretty lengthy baggage loss. I've heard good things of the Danes in general, so nice to hear that they went that extra kilometre or ten to find you.

Bornholm used to bristle with radar stations and the like for snooping on the Warsaw Bloc as it was so far east of the continental front line.

My two rules for flying are: NEVER fly with Ryanair, and if possible, fly from Gatwick.  

Blogger Chris said... 3:37 pm

I used to fly Toulouse-Paris-San Francisco once every 6 to 8 weeks. After Air France lost my baggage three times in nine trips, I finally learned to leave a suitcase of stuff in San Francisco and travel light!  

Blogger Croydonian said... 3:42 pm

Chris - Crikey, I don't blame you for going for that approach. It was BA I was flying with, but I think we can both blame the baggage jockeys at CDG.  

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