Air journey: Some left ready for months for lacking baggage

Frustrations proceed to mount at Canada’s airports as reviews of misplaced and delayed baggage pile up, with some passengers spending weeks, and even months, ready for his or her lacking checked baggage to meet up with them.

Catherine Roberts and her husband, Bob Gross sales, had plans to rejoice her seventieth birthday with a European cruise. They flew with WestJet and Aer Lingus from Winnipeg to Dublin by way of Toronto on Could 15. However after their flight to Toronto arrived late, they needed to be booked onto one other connecting flight to Dublin.

Almost 70 days later, Gross sales nonetheless hasn’t gotten his bag again.

And whereas they’d an pleasurable time on the cruise ship after buying new garments and underwear for his or her journey, Gross sales stated the misplaced baggage was “a black cloud” that loomed over his spouse’s head.

“It was dreadful. No cash will ever be capable to substitute that,” Gross sales stated in a cellphone interview with on Tuesday.

For Surrey BC resident Simon Crimp, who flew along with his son on Air Canada from Vancouver to London, UK by way of Halifax on June 3, his bag was additionally nowhere to be discovered after arriving at Heathrow airport.

Like Gross sales, Crimp additionally needed to spend the primary day of his journey making an attempt to chase down his bag and shopping for substitute garments, whereas dropping a useful day of sightseeing. He did not get his bag again till July 12 — greater than a month after his flight.

“You understand, it was very, very irritating,” Crimp instructed over the cellphone on Wednesday. “The journey was principally tousled due to (Air Canada) dropping our bag.”


Many passengers who shared tales of luggage going lacking instructed they’d bother getting solutions from airline employees relating to the place their baggage was and after they may count on it to reach.

On Canada Day, Dan MacLean daughter and his daughter flew with WestJet from Regina to Sydney, NS by way of Calgary and Toronto, solely to search out that his baggage and automotive seat have been nowhere to be discovered at his remaining vacation spot. When he requested when his luggage would arrive, he says there was “little to no route” from employees.

“On a scale of 1 to 10, I might give (WestJet customer support) a zero,” MacLean instructed over the cellphone on Tuesday. “The employees, they have been well mannered, after all. But it surely was only a huge runaround. You’ll ask one particular person at customer support, you get one reply, and you then’d go say to a different and that the reply was incorrect. It is virtually like the suitable hand does not know what the left hand is doing.”

MacLean’s baggage did ultimately arrive at his dwelling in Saskatchewan, 21 days later.

Crimp stated he grew to become annoyed being placed on maintain for hours whereas making an attempt to succeed in Air Canada employees over the cellphone.

“You are principally ready for perhaps one and a half to 2 hours earlier than you’ll be able to join with someone. After which whenever you join with someone, they can not at all times let you know something that you just need to know,” Crimp stated.

Gross sales stated had the same expertise. Within the days and weeks after the couple’s journey, he stated WestJet employees repeatedly instructed him and his spouse that their baggage can be delivered to them, though it by no means got here.

And for Yasmin Bhaloo, whose outsized baggage went lacking after she flew on Swoop Airways from Toronto to Orlando-Sanford on June 25, she stated it was unimaginable to get ahold of anybody by cellphone, and even social media.

“There isn’t any human to reply your cellphone name. It is all robo-calls,” she instructed on Wednesday in a cellphone interview. “I’ve despatched them by Instagram, by Fb, by way of their web site. Nothing up to now. Is there no particular person to speak?”


Below the Montreal Conference, airways all over the world are legally required to compensate vacationers for any “affordable” bills incurred, akin to interim purchases to interchange lacking clothes and different necessities.

Passengers can declare as much as 1,288 Particular Drawing Rights, that are accounting items utilized by the Worldwide Financial Fund. That is equal to about C$2,300 per passenger, per bag.

Gross sales estimates that he and his spouse misplaced round $3,500 between the 2 of them. Crimp says he additionally needed to spend round $3,000 to purchase substitute garments for him and his son. Each Crimp and Gross sales have despatched their bills to the airways and are ready to listen to again.

Crimp stated as a result of it was a Sunday, the one shops that they may purchase garments at have been costly memento outlets. “A lot of the common shops weren’t open, aside from, like, memento outlets. So we needed to pay vacationer costs,” he stated.

Bhaloo was additionally reunited along with her baggage after practically two weeks. Her lacking baggage was a field of snacks that she meant to reward to her household in Florida.

As a result of her field had been misplaced, she could not ship the snacks to her household and as a substitute needed to ship them. She’s now making an attempt to get Swoop to reimburse her for her checked baggage charges and delivery charges.

However for MacLean, he stated he did not suppose it was well worth the effort to try to search compensation, on condition that he acquired his baggage again and he did not must spend all that a lot on substitute objects.

“Fortunately, we did not have, , costly stuff. Simply clothes, stuff like that,” he stated.

In an emailed assertion to, WestJet stated it was “dedicated to doing every little thing we are able to to ship the WestJet expertise our company count on from us and we’re making each effort to attach impacted company with their lacking luggage.”

“We proceed to work alongside our third-party service suppliers to alleviate baggage delays and have invested in further WestJet oversight to assist our companions accountable for actioning and delivering our bags providers in a well timed method,” WestJet spokesperson Madison Kruger wrote.

Air Canada instructed the worldwide aviation business continues to face points with airport capability, mechanical points with baggage methods, in addition to points with “third-party suppliers of such providers as passenger screening, customs, and air navigation.”

“All these and different occasions, akin to a extreme storm, can interrupt our schedule and the move of not solely passengers but in addition their baggage, which strikes in a parallel, however extra difficult stream than prospects.” Air Canada spokesperson Tim Fisher stated in an e mail to on Thursday. “We’re working onerous with the companions within the aviation ecosystem and governments to resolve these points.” reached out to Swoop Airways, however the firm didn’t reply by press time.

If the airline hasn’t responded to your declare, or in the event that they reject your declare, airline shopper advocacy group Air Passenger Rights suggests suing the airline in small claims court docket.

That is precisely what Gross sales and his spouse plan on doing if they do not get a passable response.

“I simply hope that, At any time when we do this day in court docket, that we’ll get a good listening to and the airways won’t ship their Bay Avenue legal professionals to battle a few 70-year-olds and beat us down,” Gross sales stated .