An influencer mobilized her followers to spam Air France until they found her bag. Want to find your lost luggage? Just get 1.7 million TikTok followers.

  • Victoria Paris, 24, issued a very public complaint against Air France, and asked her followers to "wage war" on the airline.

  • Her 1.7 million TikTok followers obliged and spammed the airline's social media comments with demands for her bag.

  • The same day she mobilized her fans, Air France reached out to let Paris know that it located and shipped her bags back to her.

When an airline loses your luggage, it typically results in a weeks-long process to retrieve your items — that is, unless you're an influencer with 1.7 million TikTok followers.

In April, 24-year-old Victoria Paris decided to "wage war" on Air France after the airline lost her suitcase on a trip from her Los Angeles home to Lisbon, Portugal.

After Paris ranted about the incident on her social media pages, she instructed her followers to spam the airline's comments.

"@airfrance lost my bags so we r waging a war on them. time to put their comment section on blast," her caption read.

Her nearly two million followers across TikTok and Instagram obliged, and flooded the company's comments on social media.

"where are victoria's bags?? WE WANT ANSWERS," one user commented.

"Stop holding Victoria's bags hostage," another wrote.

In the meantime, Paris complained about having no clothes for her Lisbon trip without her suitcase. In a TikTok video, she said an Apple AirTag showed that the luggage was in France while she was in Portugal.

The same day she made the public complaint, Paris posted a follow-up video showing that Air France had located her bag and sent it to her. 

"They say bullying doesn't work, but after thousands of comments on the Air France Instagram and TikTok (pages), the bags are coming home to mama," Paris said.

After the incident was settled, she asked her followers to leave thank you notes for the airline, and they obliged once again.

"thanks for getting our queens baggage back <3," a commenter wrote under an Instagram post.

Air France did not immediately respond to Insider's request to comment on the incident.

Paris isn't the first public figure to attempt to publicly shame an airline into returning their lost bags. Professional poker player Steve O'Dwyer called out Lufthansa airlines on Twitter and during a live broadcast after his luggage went missing for 72 hours.

"You messed with the wrong passenger, and now I am determined to trash @lufthansa every chance I get," he wrote on Twitter.

Unlike O'Dwyer and Paris, not all travelers have a platform to denounce an airline when their bags go missing. Misplaced luggage can result in months-long hunts to recover belongings, and some never get their bags back.

 

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