Teen’s trip thwarted by checked bag nightmare

The trip is a chance for teenagers to see the world and help underprivileged communities

FILE - In this April 13, 2009 file photo, American Airlines flight attendant Renee Schexnaildre demonstrates the overhead baggage area during a media preview of the airline's new Boeing 737-800 jets, at Dallas Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas. Global airlines on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 announced a new guideline that recommends shrinking carry-on bags, in an effort to free up space in packed overhead bins. (AP Photo/Donna McWilliam, File)

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — 14-year-old Camden White’s dream trip turned into a travel nightmare when American Airlines lost his bag.

Last week, Camden was at PDX boarding a flight to Ecuador. He and his fellow students had been planning the educational trip for more than 2 years.

While getting on the plane, he says a flight attendant made him check his bag because the overhead bins were full. Camden arrived at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport for a layover, but the bag didn’t.

“[My teacher] she said get the passport ready and stuff and I was looking all through my bag and I couldn’t find it so I know it was in the other bag,” Camden tells KOIN 6 News.

Camden waited in Dallas for hours but the bag, and his passport, never arrived. He was forced to return home.

He’s now back in Oregon, hoping he can reunite with his friends in South America.

American Airlines says crews at both PDX and Dallas are actively looking for the bag and is considering giving the family a refund. A spokesperson for the airline says this serves as a reminder to never put valuable items in checked luggage. That includes medication.

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