It was 20 years ago that an airline lost the luggage of an Arizona woman and after two decades had gone by she had no hopes of ever seeing it again. That was until she recently got a call from the TSA telling her that they had found it. Maria Dellos almost didn’t answer the phone when the TSA agent called. She thought the call was from a telemarketing company.
According to News Max on Dec. 18, Dellos is happy that she did pick up the phone to talk with the agent because what was in the luggage was valuable to her. The suitcase contained art supplies that she had purchased at a trade show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
She did get a kick out of thinking the paints and brushes were expensive when some had a price tag of only $3.80, but that was “the price of the past,” said Dellos. She spent about $600 for the art supplies that were in that lost luggage, reports People Magazine today.
The lost luggage predates the TSA, but when they found the suitcase stored in with some junk during a recent re-organization event at the Tucson International Airport, they decided to try and find the owner. Nico Melendez, the TSA spokesperson said “Items that pre-date our agency are interesting. But I understand that we just did some shuffling of equipment at the airport, so it’s quite possible that we came across something that somebody left unattended for a long period of time.”
KVOA Local News reports that it is still a mystery as to why the items turned up now after all this time. The luggage was found at the Tucson International Airport under some old junk, but it was originally put there by someone who could have just as easily opened up the case and found the name of the owner. Why this didn’t happen years earlier is anyone’s guess today.
Dellos, who is the owner of Maria’s Art Creations in Tucson, recently had another airline lose her luggage. This time it was returned to her in a timely fashion, but she was still happy to get the luggage that she all but forget about for the last two decades.
Both incidents of lost luggage coming back to her has restored her faith in the airline industry, said Dellos. The TSA was able to identify who the luggage belonged to because when they opened up the suitcase there was a handwritten note that Dellos had penned some 20 years back.
She describes reading the hand written note that came along with her lost luggage from 20 years ago, saying,
“When I looked at this note, it was dated, it dated me as 20 years ago! And I was just absolutely blown away.”