You lose, as does your luggage

Getting your luggage sent to Latvia is a penalty, according to a satirical look at holiday air travel by Amanda Kingsbury of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in Texas. Kingsbury, the newspaper’s travel editor, proposes a game similar to “Chutes and Ladders” as a means to while away the hours when you are stuck in the airport. Called “Takeoffs and Landings,” the game has rewards and penalties for good and bad behavior.

One penalty, according to Kingsbury’s article in the Dec. 19 edition: “Skycap recognizes you as that girl who blew him off at the bar last night. Your bags’ new final destination: Latvia.”

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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