If you’re going to San Francisco, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair, but if you’re going to the airport, be sure to have enough money to pay your baggage check-in fee.
California resident Teri Weissinger found this out to her cost as she attempted to fly to Idaho to start a new life.
Not a frequent flyer with US Airways, Ms Weissinger was unaware that checking in her luggage with the carrier would incur a cost. In fact, it was five years since she had taken to the skies and so arrived at San Francisco International Airport with nothing but her airline ticket, two bags and 30 dollars to her name. However, the carrier demanded a further 60 dollars to check in her bags. Alas, Ms Weissinger hadn’t read the small print and thought that checking in luggage was still free.
Not having enough cash to pay for her belongings, the unfortunate woman had to put her new life in Idaho on hold as she was stranded for the following eight nights in the airport. It’s a story that resembles Steven Spielberg’s 2004 flick ‘The Terminal’, where Tom Hanks ends up living in an airport, passing his time by eyeing collecting trolleys and eying up air hostess Catherine Zeta Jones.
Alas, for Ms Weissinger, there was no Hollywood-style rescue by a hunky pilot, but her story did have a happy ending; members of the airport’s church raised the 210 dollars needed to pay for a new flight and allow her to finally flee to Idaho – bags included.