The Washington Post

Baggage Madness at Dulles

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The Virginia Briefing item in the June 16 Metro section about the terminal closing at Dulles Internatio­nal Airport didn’t begin to describe the madness.

I was on a plane from Cleveland, which was delayed on takeoff by a half an hour because of a problem at Dulles. When we landed about 4:30 p.m. and made our way to baggage claim, we encountere­d mayhem and more people than I have ever seen at Dulles. We were herded toward two baggage claim areas and told that if we lived nearby we should leave and come back later to pick up our bags, as airport officials could not give an estimate of when our bags would be there. No details were given regarding a bomb scare.

Once the bags began to appear at about 6 p.m., the carousels quickly filled. I heard bags being crushed as they stacked on top of another. One passenger organized others who began taking the bags off of the carousels. I felt very fortunate when I found my bag about 6:30 p.m.

If, in fact, the owner of the suitcase suspected of containing a bomb was allowed to board his or her plane after a “brief delay,” as The Post reported, he or she was certainly in a better position than the hundreds of us who waited for two hours for our bags. PATRICIA TUCCIO

Falls Church

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