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Jane Bates: Plane stupid

Jane Bates has to wing it after a baggage error.

Jane Bates has to wing it after a baggage error

There are many aspects of an airline flight that make your stomach lurch – a pocket of turbulence, for instance, or the bit where they tell you how many feet you are from terra firma.

But nothing beats that feeling when you get to baggage reclaim. Suppose my carefully packed suitcase has been sent to Slovenia instead of Spain? I always find this the most stressful part of the journey.

You would think this fear would prompt me to be better organised, that I would pack essentials in my cabin luggage, but alas, no. On holiday last week, my bag was put on the wrong flight. I should have stowed knickers aplenty and essential medication in my hand luggage, but I was not so clever. So while I was having hysterics in Catania airport those key

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