Punching bag

A bag can be stressful when lost. The feeling is the same when a traveler reaches a destination ahead of the baggage.

When Valerie Szybala recently flew from Chicago to Washington D.C., her bag got separated from her. Szybala asked the airline to deliver the bag to her but it did not arrive as scheduled on 6 January, NBC News reported.

Wondering where could her bag be, Szybala tracked it down using the AirTag in her missing luggage. The button-size device can be put on a key chain or other personal items and it sends out a Bluetooth signal to help find those things when they get lost.

AirTag has no built-in GPS but its Bluetooth signal links it with nearby iPhones and those smartphones’ own GPS generates the location of the AirTag via the Find My app.

The AirTag on Szybala’s luggage initially indicated on “Find My” that it was at a shopping center in the suburbs and then at a fast food restaurant, according to NBC News. When she tracked online the bag to an apartment complex, she went there and found it, she wrote on Twitter.

Szybala coordinated with the delivery contractor of the airline and finally recovered it on 3 January based on her tweet showing her luggage.

In the case of Filipina Zoe Gabriel, 17, she was bullied on social media after posting a TikTok video of her holding a Charles & Keith and captioning the gift from her dad as her first luxury bag.

Many netizens bashed her for calling her Singaporean-brand bag as such. Gabriel defended her post, telling a basher, “Your comment spoke volumes on how ignorant you seem because of your wealth. To you, an $80 bag may not be a luxury but for me and my family it is a lot.”

“And I’m so grateful that my dad was able to get me one. He worked so hard for that money. I can’t believe I got hate over a bag that I was so excited to have,” she added.

Gabriel’s post went viral, drawing 10 million views, GMA News reported.

Charles & Keith officials also saw her TikTok video and invited her to visit their head office in Singapore at their expense. She and her dad were toured at the office and treated to lunch.

The father and daughter were also given a sackful of Charles & Keith bags and footwear when they returned home. The bags also provided the teen stress relief.


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