Even the rich and famous are not exempt from the occasional bag loss, as demonstrated by tennis star Venus Williams and her recent struggle with American Airlines when her checked bag was sent to the wrong country.
Venus Williams Loses Her Bag On American Airlines
Williams was traveling to Canada for the 2023 Canadian Open, but American Airlines sent her bag to the Bahamas instead. In frustration, she posted the following note on Instagram:
Dear @americanair, I love flying with you all. I’m even in the million mile club! I’m not sure why you sent my bag to the Bahamas when I was traveling to Montreal. Now I have a match today. I’ve been trying to get my bags for 3 days now. I think I spent all my unlimited minutes calling you all which has become my full time job day and night. This has been so much fun!
Nothing entitled about this. And the story will ring familiar for many AA travelers who have also lost their bag this summer. It is not at all clear to me how or why American Airlines would send a bag destined for Montreal (YUL) to any airport in the Bahamas…there are no similar airport codes or cities that sound like “Montreal.”
Nevertheless, this had to be stressful ahead of her match, which she ultimately lost to 28-year-old American Madison Keys:
It took Madison Keys 9 match points to close out the match against Venus Williams
It’s just a reminder of what a champion she is.
No matter the score, she fights just as hard as she did when she won her first Wimbledon at 20 years old.
The woman. The myth. The legend.
— The Tennis Letter (@TheTennisLetter) August 8, 2023
We still don’t know if her bag has been located.
The plight of Venus Williams is an important reminder that no one is exempt from lost baggage. While it is best to avoid checking a bag altogether, this is not always possible. When you do, put an AirTag or other tracker in your bag.