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.