Keyed Up

Portugal was amazing and fantastic, and I will write what I hope to be the first of many posts praising Lisbon and Sintra soon. First, though, I have a question. It is a basic tenet of our marriage that we tie our own shoelaces. I mean that in the metaphorical sense, of course; we work together to keep track of Maggie’s needs and her various accessories and this goes double for when we travel. But the location of my wallet? My problem, not Tom’s. His toothbrush? He’s a big boy and I’m not reminding him to pack it.

Now that you have that background, I shall bring you to the baggage claim area this evening at Manchester Airport as we were awaiting delayed luggage. We had to check one of the bags in order to bring our wine home (did I mention Portugal was amazing? Their wines certainly are) and well…some drama unfolded. Names have been omitted for the sake of debate; you make the final call as to who was right. Actually, as you will read, which person was LEAST wrong?

Person A, realizing there might be the possibility for lost luggage, has a thought: “Person B, the future of our marriage will depend on your answer to this question: are the car keys in the checked bag?”

Person B: “…They are.”

Person A: “You may be hearing from my attorneys.”

Person B: “Well, the better question is: where are YOUR keys?”

Person A, thunderstruck: “At HOME.”

From there the discussion became less civilized so I will summarize the players’ positions thusly:

Person A was appalled and amazed by the breathtaking display of stupidity committed by Person B. Person A equates putting car keys–the only way to start the car that will take you home–into a checked bag to be on par with putting one’s wallet, an engagement ring or family heirloom, or passports in the checked bag. It is Not To Be Done, EVER, because airlines are untrustworthy and lose things. Person A’s final conclusion was that the obvious wrongness of this act was so…well…OBVIOUS that it need not be mentioned to Person B when organizing luggage.

Person B was similarly horrified by the breathtaking display of stupidity perpetrated by Person A. One should NEVER leave the house without a backup plan. To only have one set of car keys–did I mention this was the only way to start the car that will take you home–shows an inexcusable lack of planning and foresight. It should go without saying that Person A, while not the one who drove to the airport initially, should be carrying a set of keys as backup in case something should happen to Person B’s keys. To disregard the need for a backup plan is shocking and dangerous.

As it turned out, the bag was retrieved and all was right with the Monkey Family. I have no intention of revealing who was Person A and who was Person B but I will note that while Tom does drive often, I also mitigate the risk of motion sickness by being the driver when I can. Don’t assume. 🙂 We made it home okay and concluded that we both screwed up–Person A will always carry a spare set of keys and Person B will never again check a bag without moving such an important item to carryon.

But since we argued about it for a good bit, I am taking it to the public: was one of us obviously MORE wrong? Is it possible that one of us may have been in the right?

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6 thoughts on “Keyed Up

  1. I admit that I think both could be called at fault for certain things,especially since both T & I are planners and always have a back-up. (In fact, we both carry sets of keys specifically for the what-if-we-get-separated situation…) but… seriously, one should never stow anything of great value or importance in the checked luggage. I assume anything I check with an airline is lost until further notice. if it shows up again on the other end, lucky me! Imagine my joy each time a bag actually shows up where it’s scheduled to.

    As a side note, supposedly the success rate of airlines delivering luggage is about 99.3% or something… unfortunately, doesn’t feel like you’re in the small percentage whose bags are lost?

      • Hah! Would not have worked, sadly; no car seat (in the locked car). 🙂 I think it is worth mentioning that neither A or B had any *intent* here; B was wiped from the rigors of traveling for 7 hours (with five more to go) with a toddler and A simply forgot.

  2. Person A is without a doubt in the right. Because whomever had the keys last is responsible for them, and why take 2 sets when traveling, just more to lug around or lose.

    • I would agree- never put cameras, medication, passports or car keys in checked luggage— ever. I usually ask the boyfriend ” we taking your keys or mine” and whose ever we take is responsible for the safe keeping of said keys for the duration of the vaca

  3. I know I’m late to this party, but I have to say I’ve never brought a spare set of keys on a trip. Of course, I live close enough to other family members who can provide a spare key/ride/crash pad in case all hell breaks loose. That having been said, as soon as I’m done with my keys they go on the clip in my carry-on backpack and don’t move until I get home.

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