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A New Way to Lose Luggage

It’s the most interesting reason for a flight cancellation I’ve seen in a while: a Japan Airlines flight was stopped yesterday after its engine “ingested” a giant luggage cart on the runway at Los Angeles International Airport.

The footage is pretty unbelievable—I’m not sure what I’d do if I looked out a plane’s window and saw its monster engine chowing down on a metal cart.

All passengers were rebooked on other flights, and no one was injured. Still, one thing is certain: I won’t be walking in the vicinity of jet engines any time soon. And I might just carry on my bag.

Photo courtesy of IgoUgo member RobAA


My name: Michelle Doucette

How I earn my keep: I'm an editor at

Favorite way to get around: Some of my favorite trips involved renting cars in foreign countries and driving through the countryside, stopping on whims. You get a feel for the culture away from the big cities and meet interesting people on the road, including, I must admit, an embarrassingly high number of local policemen. I suppose it would be prudent to learn all of the traffic laws ahead of time.

Best meal I've had while traveling: Since a succession of gelato cones probably doesn't count as a meal, my favorite must have been a fresh crabmeat lunch prepared by a St. John sailboat captain while we took a break from snorkeling in the Caribbean. Sharing baklava as the sun came up over Paros, Greece, (while, once again, not technically a meal) was also memorable.

Travel ambitions: Since climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, I've figured out that I'd like to keep trekking while traveling. I've got my eyes on epic hikes in Nepal, Bhutan, and Peru.


Anne & May

Um, wow. This is like Faces of Death for suitcases!

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