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Tampa teacher stuck in airport phone numbers on luggage to reunite travelers with missing bags

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TAMPA, Florida. (WFLA) – A Tampa teacher has turned into a Christmas angel after helping vacationers find their lost luggage amid flight cancellations.

With thousands of flights canceled over the Christmas weekend, science teacher Brittany Loubier-Vervisch has taken matters into her own hands to help travelers retrieve their luggage at Tampa International Airport.

Business Insider reported that Loubier-Vervisch and her husband faced similar hardships after canceling their Christmas Eve flight to visit family in Ohio due to harsh winter conditions are hitting the Midwest.

Instead, the couple decided to catch a last-minute flight to Tucson and connect via Denver on December 1. 26.

“We had no idea Southwest was going to cancel thousands of flights,” Loubier-Vervisch told Insider. After realizing they weren’t going to Tucson on Monday, the couple canceled that flight as well.

While her husband remained at Southwest Airlines customer service to try to find a way to retrieve their baggage, Loubier-Vervisch decided to go to baggage claim to pick up their baggage herself.

When she arrived at baggage claim, she told Insider she had “never seen anything like it.” She said “hundreds, if not thousands” of bags were piling up at baggage claim for flights across the country.

With an intimidating view ahead of her, Loubier-Vervisch’s quick thinking led her to realize that she could probably reunite some travelers with their bags by texting the number on the luggage tag.

“I was going through baggage claims as things got out of line and piled up and if there was a tag on it with a number I would text,” Loubier-Vervisch said.

According to Insider, she said she sent at least 50 texts on Monday while searching for her luggage.

It has been reported that a large number of bags at TPA were either sent there from another location where the traveler did not catch the flight, or were left behind by those who left Tampa without their bags. .

As for the rest of the luggage, Loubier-Vervisch added that it was left behind due to the massive amounts of cancellations.

Loubier-Vervisch told Insider “just trying to help people know where their bags were because people were all over the United States.”

Some travelers have even taken her for an employee of the airport.

“I was like walking through the bags, I was like, Oh, here are your bags. Is that your name? And they were like, ‘Yeah,'” Loubier-Vervisch said. your other bags.'” And they were like, ‘Do you work here?’ »

The teacher said people at the airport had been waiting for their luggage “for hours”, adding that they were grateful for her help.

“It was an inconvenience for us,” Loubier-Vervisch told Insider. “But for people who had no idea where their luggage might be in the United States, I was like, ‘Well, if I tell them at least it’s in Tampa, they know that it’s not yet where they were, where they were going or you know, they can figure out where it is and at least know where to look for it.

His good deed did not go unnoticed with a grateful traveler sharing the text she received from Loubier-Vervisch on Twitter.

She wrote, “Thanks to the random stranger who texted me saying my suitcase was actually in Tampa. You’re a savior! Especially since there was no way Southwest could tell me. .

Insider said Loubier-Vervisch and her husband were finally reunited with their luggage around 4:30 p.m. about four hours after their flight was canceled. But that time wasn’t wasted as she told the outlet it was “time well spent.”

“I’m a teacher, I help people, that’s what I do,” Loubier-Vervisch said. Anyone can do something. What I did was very small, but if everyone does something it can have a ripple effect.

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