Mar 05 2007
Ms. Q is having a bit of a Pirate Moment. ARgh! Argh! ARRRGGGH!
I’m back in Omaha. I’m at the airport and go to pick up my luggage. It never arrives.
I learn that while my luggage tag looks okay to me (all the cities look correct), the barcode or whatever was incorrect and my luggage was elsewhere.
In over 10 years of travel, this is the first time it has happened to me. Not bad, considering.
The woman at the luggage counter says that it’s now routed on a return flight to Omaha and should be landing around 9pm. Not bad. Then their delivery service will get it to my hotel. I’m happy to hear that they know where the heck my luggage is. I figure I’ll get my luggage around 10pm.
Guess again, Ms. Q.
10pm rolls around and nothing. I call up Baggage Service. The woman apologizes and I deadpan, “Yes. You’re right. It IS all your fault.”
Dead silence. I then say I was joking. Poor thing. Guess they are used to a lot of shouting and screaming.
I ask her to check on my luggage and her reply had me wondering if I understood English. She answered in Bureaucratic RuleSpeak instead of Plain English.
Ms. Q: So is my luggage on the way?
Baggage Service Woman: If it is not on the delivery van then it will be on the 3:45pm flight Monday and we start our 12 hour window from then.
Ms. Q: I did not understand what you said at all. Are you saying that it is not going to make it to my hotel tonight?
BS Woman: The logs don’t show that.
Ms. Q: Uh…I’m just trying to figure out where my luggage is now.
BS Woman: wha-waah-waaah-wah-wah. Wah.
Ms. Q: Let me get this straight. It IS NOT coming in tonight.
BS Woman: It does not appear so.
Ms. Q: And you’re saying that it will come sometime tomorrow or maybe even on Tuesday?
BS Woman: The 12 hour window starts tomorrow which doesn’t mean you’ll get your luggage at the end of the window on Tuesday.
Ms. Q: But it could be as late as Tuesday?
BS Woman: Yes.
Ms. Q: Sigh. Well, thanks.
I have to ask if I’ll get any compensation if I have to purchase…stuff. She wasn’t volunteering the information. I am told to save my receipts and to forward them on where they’ll be under consideration.
Consider this: Ms. Q IS NOT going commando.
“The origins of the phrase are uncertain, with some speculating that it may refer to being “out in the open” or “ready for action.”
“Going commando” may also come from the mistaken idea that “commandos” go into an area “without cover.”