Family’s bags fly Southwest to Sacramento, they take a road trip

The McLemore and Everett families didn’t know it when they headed off for the airport in Dallas on Christmas morning, but their fun and festive Christmas outfits would be the only thing they’d have to wear for a few days.Several days and an interstate road trip to Sacramento with four adults and six kids later, they’re finally reunited with their luggage—all 12 pieces of it.”We were able to find them today in this pile,” Bryan McLemore said, gesturing to the vast expanse of baggage sitting in the Terminal B claim area at Sacramento International Airport.McLemore, his wife, their sister and brother-in-law, and the couples’ children were all supposed to take a Southwest flight from Dallas to Sacramento on Dec. 25.”They were starting to delay it to the point where it wasn’t going to happen,” McLemore explained. “We realized at that point we needed to have a ‘Plan B.'” So he rented a car. His sister and brother-in-law took their own vehicle and the group hit the road when it was clear their flight wasn’t getting off the ground.”We drove from Monday night to Tuesday night. Twenty-eight hours,” McLemore said. “It was awesome.”Their luggage flew in style via Southwest while the families caravanned on a Christmas Vacation-style road trip.”Lots of snacks. Lots of caffeine, 5-Hour Energies,” McLemore said when asked by KCRA 3 what helped the families make it through the trip. “Lots of cartoons. And we have ‘screenagers,’ so they’re just on the phone, so that makes it a lot easier.”As for getting back to Dallas when their trip to Sacramento is done?“We have flights booked for next week and we’ ll see if that works, and we just booked backup flights with another airline,” McLemore said. If going by air doesn’t work out, this family now knows they can handle a 28-hour road trip.Southwest Airlines created an additional resource to provide help for customers needing to be reunited with lost or missing baggage.The airline said travelers can access that assistance by visiting: southwest.com/baginfo | VIDEO BELOW | Some people still waiting for luggage at Sacramento International Airport

The McLemore and Everett families didn’t know it when they headed off for the airport in Dallas on Christmas morning, but their fun and festive Christmas outfits would be the only thing they’d have to wear for a few days.

Several days and an interstate road trip to Sacramento with four adults and six kids later, they’re finally reunited with their luggage—all 12 pieces of it.

“We were able to find them in this pile today,” Bryan McLemore said, gesturing to the vast expanse of baggage sitting in the Terminal B claim area at Sacramento International Airport.

McLemore, his wife, their sister and brother-in-law, and the couples’ children were all supposed to take a Southwest flight from Dallas to Sacramento on Dec. 25

“They were starting to delay it to the point where it wasn’t going to happen,” McLemore explained. “We realized at that point we needed to have a ‘Plan B.’”

So he rented a car. His sister and brother-in-law took their own vehicle and the group hit the road when it was clear their flight wasn’t getting off the ground.

“We drove from Monday night to Tuesday night. Twenty-eight hours,” McLemore said. “It was amazing.”

Their luggage flew in style via Southwest while the families caravanned on a Christmas Vacation-style road trip.

“Lots of snacks. Lots of caffeine, 5-Hour Energies,” McLemore said when asked by KCRA 3 what helped the families make it through the trip. “Lots of cartoons. And we have ‘screenagers,’ so they’re just on the phone, so that makes it a lot easier.”

As for getting back to Dallas when their trip to Sacramento is done?

“We have flights booked for next week and we’ll see if that works, and we just booked backup flights with another airline,” McLemore said.

If going by air doesn’t work out, this family now knows they can handle a 28-hour road trip.

Southwest Airlines created an additional resource to provide help for customers needing to be reunited with lost or missing baggage.

The airline said travelers can access that assistance by visiting: southwest.com/baginfo

| VIDEO BELOW | Some people still waiting for luggage at Sacramento International Airport

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