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Air Canada customer tracks lost luggage to Etobicoke, Ont. storage facility but can’t remove it

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After a carefree honeymoon to Italy and Greece, Cambridge, Ont. resident Nakita Rees and her husband landed back home in frustration.

“My husband's luggage did not return back from Montreal to Toronto, mine did, and his didn’t,” Rees said. “We’re still in the ongoing process now. It’s coming on four and a half months.”

The Cambridge couple travelled with Air Canada using a three-piece luggage set. Inside Rees’ husband’s luggage is an AirTag, a tracking device which helps people find personal objects.

Rees said they’ve been tracking his luggage since it’s been in Air Canada’s care, but they can’t retrieve it.

“I’ve been in contact with them because we’ve seen our luggage move from Montreal via a car not a cargo plane, back to YYZ, and it is now in a public storage facility, and now they are just kind of brushing me off,” Rees said.

Rees said their AirTag has been at a public storage area in Etobicoke since October.

After multiple attempts to contact Air Canada for answers, they decided to check the storage area themselves.

They drove to the facility and walked around outside until the AirTag tracker said they were right on top of the bag.

“He just started shining his flashlight into storage facilities through the door, and he came across the one that had baggage, floor to ceiling, wall to wall,” Rees said.

Nakita Rees said they tracked their AirTag to a storage facility in Etobicoke. (Sumitted/Nakita Rees)

With no way to get inside, they left.

"I sent an email to Air Canada and they said your case has been resolved, if you have an issue with baggage, contact baggage, and now I’m left in the dust," Rees said.

CTV News reached out to Air Canada to ask how the AirTag may have ended up at public storage, and a spokesperson said: “This facility is not an Air Canada facility, therefore, we have no information to provide.”

Rees has been compensated for the lost luggage, but said the amount was less than the total value of what they lost.

Air passenger rights advocate Gabor Lukacs said they’re owed a lot more.

“Normally, when someone's bag is delayed or lost, the airline’s liability caps at $2,300 CA per passenger, but when we see an event like this which is well in the category of reckless or willful misconduct – the law says the airline’s liability limit disappears,” Lukacs said.

Lukacs believes the case “crossed the line from civil to criminal.”

Rees said they will continue to put pressure on the airline for answers.

“It's the principle, I trusted a company – a big company – thousands of dollars with luggage and thousands of dollars of my belongings and it could easily be removed from their facility and they have zero idea where and why," Rees said.

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