OK. I understand that the airlines are trying to prevent what almost happened over the Atlantic from happening.
My husband was out of town on business all week. His flight was delayed twice Friday before being canceled.
He stood in line with everyone else who was trying to get on the 8:30pm flight... only he was just trying to get his luggage and get out of there so he could get on the commuter rail to spend Shabbat with a family we know, BEFORE candlelighting.
They refused to release his luggage, and by the time he'd stood in line and been abused (like everyone else) by the employees, he didn't have time to catch the train.
He spent $100 and an hour in a cab to get to his Shabbat destination, with TWO MINUTES to spare before candlelighting!! (B"H!!)
He got home yesterday at 6:30pm... the kids were ecstatic, and I was mostly relieved.
Since he had no toiletries (or clean clothes for that matter), Motzei Shabbat he went to CVS and bought some. His host family was kind enough to make him as comfortable as possible, of course.
But when he flew home, security made him THROW AWAY the deodorant he had purchased the night before and used once or twice. That he HAD to purchase because they refused to release his luggage. Etc. etc...