" 'We never hit 100 percent ? 90 percent is acceptable,' she said."
Yep. Thats right. That's a quote straight from the NY Times: Travelers' Odds Decline on Airline By JEFF BAILEY Published: November 21, 2007 about success with baggage at American Airlines.
Isn't that fantastic? 90 percent is actually acceptable. 90 PERCENT OF CHECKED BAGS REACHING THEIR LOCATION IS ACCEPTABLE? Its almost commendable - you know, just the sheer honesty of it all. Or maybe its the "under promise/over delivery" strategy. Those airlines are such comedians!
In fact, I am still laughing! Three huge, overweight suitcases - my lifeblood of American product for the next six months. ALL LOST. By American. I checked my bags in Monday..delay. More delay. Finally get to Chicago, make the connection...Arrive in Brussels and SURPRISE! No Bags. So that was Tuesday. Wednesday? No Bags. Thursday? No Bags. Friday...Saturday...Sunday. No bags. They are officially lost. Sad state of affairs over there at American Airlines.
It did leave me with a rather easy trip from Brussels to Moscow though. No bags. I mean, can I get some vouchers or something? Some flight credits...automatic upgrades for the Merc? We have some back to backs that may call for some first class travel. Let this be the reminder to back an extra outfit, contraband size favorite lotion (just in case they let you through) and some spare underwear in your carry-on...always.
Anyways, I'm here now in Moscow. I'll be home again for a short break at Christmas, but for now - its all Spartak, all the time. We won the Euroleague game we played in Belgium though so, at least the trip was worth something. More updates to come, but for now I'm here without American underwear. Or the right lotion (Aveeno Purple label) or hairspray (Rave). I do have Sue Bird, Tina Thompson and Lauren Jackson though so, I will survive on W's in the meantime...but not easily. Did everybody lose a bag this holiday? Ugh. I think this calls for a conversation with our Spartak owner, Shabtai. We need a charter.
BTW, high fives to my Huskies for putting a smashing on Stanford (no offense Dr. Lambert - you have healed me).