A Delta passenger recently had several Christmas gifts in her checked baggage replaced with dog food, trash and other unwanted items after a return flight from Paris.
According to NBC 10 News in Boston, Gina Sheldon recently took an 11-day trip to Italy, where she bought lots of Christmas gifts for family and friends. Sheldon then stopped in Paris for a few days before flying home through Boston’s Logan International Airport.
Sheldon told NBC 10 that she bought a new suitcase just to hold the gifts she bought.
“I couldn’t wait to get home and for the holidays to come,” she said. “One, knowing that I was done shopping, and two, to give them their gifts that were going to be totally unique to them.”
In a statement sent to Newsweeka Delta Air Lines spokesperson said, “We apologize for this customer’s experience following Air France Flight 334. We have indeed contacted our partners at Air France and the customer to find a solution.”
Sheldon also spoke about the incident to WMUR9 News in New Hampshire, saying she first noticed the items in her suitcase when she returned home to Portsmouth.
“I opened the third bag in which I had all the gifts and things I had bought for myself too, and it was replaced with dog food, an old T-shirt, a bottle of cream to shave,” Sheldon told WMUR9.
Sheldon told the New Hampshire media that she believed the items she purchased were replaced during a stop at Charles de Gaulle airport in France.
According to WMUR9, the items Sheldon bought in Italy were worth more than $3,000, including a leather jacket she bought for her 16-year-old son.
“I had purchased these really cute leather purses that I had bought to give to various family members and friends,” Sheldon told WMUR9.
Sheldon said she believed whoever stole the gifts replaced them with dog food and other unwanted items to make her luggage look normal as it passed through security.
“I think the reason they did it is because when it goes through the scan and continues its journey, it looks like a real piece of luggage,” Sheldon told WMUR9.
According to NBC10, Sheldon said after realizing the gifts she bought were gone, her first reaction was to think she had taken someone else’s bag.
“Just all these emotions of shock and disappointment and how could this have happened and what did I do wrong?” Sheldon told NBC 10, “I went to a friend’s house for a holiday party and had all these different gifts to give them, and instead I walked in with a bottle of champagne and a good story.”
Updated 01/03/2022, 11:48 a.m. ET: This article has been updated to include a new image.