Traveling by plane is part of the many exciting things about taking a vacay, but the anxiety of waiting for your check-in luggage to roll out your designated baggage terminal is definitely not as thrilling. Especially if you, for some reason, thought that checking in all your newly shopped takeaways was a good idea.
Just imagine packing a $60,000 Hermès Birkin in one of them, and then finding out that the said luggage, along with your expensive designer find, was lost by your airline. Sounds like a horror story? Well, Jeffree Star can relate.
Just a few days ago, the beauty blogger delivered a successful master class in the United Kingdom—but unfortunate news came when he arrived home. After having landed back in Los Angeles, Jeffree, along with his team, and hundreds of other passengers, were informed by Dutch airline KLM that their check-in luggage had been misplaced, sitting someplace else in the world. And inside Jefree's own luggage? The rare Birkin he had just won at an auction in London. Talk about every global shopper's nightmare!
Jeffree took it to his social media to document the entire fiasco, revealing that he and his team lost a total of seven bags. His first tweet reads: "I haven't told you guys this yet, but when Nate & I flew home Saturday night w/the JSC team, @KLM Airlines lost all 7 pieces of our luggage... They promised it back Sunday, still nothing....." [sic]
Apart from his Birkin, Jeffree also lost some newly bought UK drugstore makeup supposedly meant for a review video on his YouTube channel.
While quick to respond to complaints, KLM airlines took a few days before tracking all the lost luggage in Schiphol Amsterdam.
After four days, the bags—including six out of seven of Jeffree's and his team's luggage—were finally returned today. Yes, that includes his $60,000 ultraviolet Hermès Birkin. Phew!
Upon getting his newest arm candy back, Jeffree made sure to thank the Dutch airlines for returning his lost luggage safe and sound. "I can happily report that my ultraviolet Birkin bag is now safely in the vault!!!! Thank you @KLM for making sure it arrived safe #FreeTheBirkin," his tweet reads.
If we've learned anything from this whole Birkin debacle, it's to refrain from checking-in our most prized and expensive valuables at the airport, especially when it comes to hefty shopping finds. While it might be more of a hassle to hand-carry them, and you still need to guard your carry-on luggage, the stress and anxiety just aren't worth it!