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Friday, November 4, 2011

Terri Weissinger, Sonoma Woman, Trapped at SFO for Eight Days Thanks to Baggage Fees

Posted By on Fri, Nov 4, 2011 at 8:40 AM


You thought your trip to the airport was a nightmare. Terri Weissinger, a native of Sonoma County, truly experienced a new kind of flying fiasco.

Broke and tired of the Northern California expenses, Weissinger was looking for a fresh start; she booked a one-way ticket to Idaho through Unfortunately, she had a little more time in California than she anticipated -- eight days to be exact. Because she booked her flight before a new federal law went into

effect requiring ticket brokers to disclose all hidden fees, Weissinger didn't know about the extra $60 U.S. Airways would charge at the airport to

check her additional bags.

With only $30 left to her name, she had no money to pay the extra fees. So she was stuck at SFO -- for eight miserable days.

Weissinger offered to pay the fee when she arrived in Idaho, but the U.S. Airways agent wouldn't let her. She also asked if she could leave one bag there at the Airport. That, the agent explained, would be in violation of security regulations. By this time, she had missed her flight, and she was stranded, walking the airport for more than a week as the fees and expenses accrued.

She explains life at the airport -- and how she eventually got to Idaho --  in this video below:

Needless to say, she won't be flying again anytime soon.

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Erin Sherbert was the Online News Editor for SF Weekly from 2010 to 2015. She's a Texas native and has a closet full of cowboy boots to prove it.


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