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Venus Williams says her new ‘full-time job’ is contacting American Airlines over lost luggage

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It’s the surprise twist that nobody saw coming. US tennis superstar Venus Williams has announced her new full-time job: spending “day and night” calling an airline in an effort to track down her missing luggage.

The seven-time Grand Slam champion appointed herself to the new role after she flew with American Airlines into Montreal, Canada, to take part in a tournament – but her bags ended up around 1,400 miles away in the Bahamas.

Taking to Instagram, the 43-year-old tagged the airline in a story, writing that she loves flying with them and that she was “even in the million mile club”.

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“I’m not sure why you sent my bag to the Bahamas when I was travelling to Montreal. Now I have a match today. I’ve been trying to get my bags for three days now. I think I spent all my unlimited minutes calling you all which has become my full-time job day and night.”

She sarcastically added “this has been so much fun” – followed by a smiling-crying emoji.

Ms Williams went on to lose to Madison Keys in straight sets in her match at Montreal’s Omnium Banque Nationale competition.

The Independent has contacted American Airlines for a comment.

As an American Airlines ‘million miler’, Ms Williams is entitled to ‘gold’ status for life, which means she doesn’t have to pay to check in bags, according to View from the Wing.

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Anyone travelling to and from Canada who pays to put their luggage in the hold is entitled to a refund if their bags are lost, delayed or damaged by the airline.

Airlines were losing bags in the summer of 2022 at the highest rate for a decade, according to a report from earlier this year that shows a surge in “mishandled” luggage. The “exponential” climb means a total of 26 million bags were misplaced in 2022.

In January, a woman shared how she was reunited with her suitcase four years after it was lost by United Airlines.

 

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