A story that could have been lifted from a TV sitcom manifested itself into an embarrassing state of reality on Wednesday, October 24th, in Florida.
Anna Knight, traveling on American Airlines after landing at Miami International Airport freaked out when she discovered the bag she had with her was missing $8,000 worth of material. Instead, what she found inside was an assortment of airline gear, from work boots and harnesses to power strips and an orange reflective jacket. In short, the requisite wardrobe for an airport employee working on the tarmac.
When Knight reported what she immediately believed was a robbery to American Airlines, the staff gave her some forms to fill out and submit. Then, like most people who get angry these days, she took her frustrations out on social media, now recognized as the world's most effective source of stress management. That's when Knight verbally took aim at the airline with both barrels blazing, encouraging viewers to avoid flying on the company's fleet as well as other statements that nearly bordered as explicit.
Arguably, she had every right to go after American Airlines and use social media to hang out some dirty laundry in public. Except for one thing: Knight's suitcase wasn't stolen at all, she simply grabbed the wrong one off the baggage claim carousel right after deplaning. Supposedly, one couldn't miss her bag, a rose gold hard-shell piece of luggage, given that soft-shell luggage seems to dominate passenger cargo compartments these days.
But before the truth emerged, Knight not only vented on Twitter, complete with a screenshot of the airline gear, she did the same thing on Facebook. She added an update a little later on, claiming that the experience of being robbed still had her in a tearful state, while police investigated her claim.
Then, the next day, Knight got the surprise of her life, when authorities called her back to inform her that her suitcase was not stolen at all and was in good condition. There's no way of knowing how sheepishly she must have felt going back to the airport to get her luggage. However, she did return to social media to apologize for her initial reaction, jokingly blaming it on jet lag.