GO FIGURE!40 Pieces of Fish Disappear From Luggage Updated 11:19 AM ET July 6, 2004
By The Associated Press
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Something fishy happened to Ray Bolanos' luggage. Somewhere between Anchorage and Seattle, about 40 meticulously wrapped and packed one-pound pieces of fresh-caught halibut vanished from his checked bags.
"I really just feel violated," Bolanos said from his home in Kenmore, Wash.
Bolanos said his bags appeared on the luggage carousel at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport almost immediately after he arrived June 24. But one of the two coolers of fish was missing the rope he'd tied around it in Anchorage.
Inside, Bolanos found his rope and a few halibut scraps.
Bolanos complained to Continental Airlines and both airports, but so far there have been no clues to what happened to the fish he caught on Kachemak Bay.
A fish theft is unusual, said Brenee Davis, Continental's Anchorage general manager. "Usually when you hear about theft, it's electronic goods _ cell phones ... things like that," she said. "Never fish."