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London baggage backlog still being sorted

30 December 2006

A holiday fog bank that stranded thousands of travelers in Britain also stranded thousands of suitcases that are still being sorted out.

British Airways tells The Telegraph that it could be weeks before the “‘baggage mountain'” at London’s Heathrow is cleared out and luggage reunited with owners.

The airline said the problem began even before the bad weather rolled in when a conveyor belt at the airport’s Terminal Four broke down.

“‘As we cleared this initial backlog, a new backlog of several thousand bags appeared due to the cancellations because of fog,'” an airline spokesman said Friday.

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