A woman has lodged an objection after opening her suitcase following a flight to find a mystery man’s grubby laundry and five cans of beer stuffed in there, on top of her belongings.
Nicole Ashley Squires found men’s clothing in soiled condition, plus the beer, in the suitcase she had checked in on a WestJet flight to Kelowna, British Columbia, from the Canadian city of Edmonton.
Squires was not impressed by the airline’s initial response, when it tweeted: “What happens in Vegas …”
Squires said she packed the bag herself and was the first person to pick it up from the carousel on arrival, as she hurried to make an appointment. She didn’t realise the extra items were in her bag until she reached her hotel.
Squires told CBC News that, apart from the beer, she found jeans, a stained white undershirt, a hooded sweatshirt, a pair of heavily worn shoes and some old slippers, much of it quite smelly, had been pushed into her suitcase.
“I’m not exaggerating – these clothes are soiled,” she said.
Squires was unhappy over WestJet’s initial reaction, when it seemed to make light of the situation.
Squires posted a picture of the mystery clothes on Twitter and an explanation finally emerged, in the form of an email from WestJet spokesman Robert Palmer.
Palmer said baggage crew had spotted the mystery items next to Squires’s bag on the conveyer belt. Because her bag was slightly unzipped, they assumed the objects had spilled out, so they packed it all in there, CBC News reported.
“As weird as it sounds, that’s what happened,” Palmer said.
“We are very sorry that our guest found items in her bag that did not belong to her, but they were put there by people with the best of intentions who were only trying to help. We appreciate her understanding.”
Squires says she will always lock her luggage from now on.
Written by Peter Needham