My suitcase travels widely and has endured a lot of airports and the inherent rough handling that ensues, but it finally succumbed in Atlanta earlier this week. The final journey through the baggage system from concourse E (the furthest from the terminal) to the baggage reclaim area in the terminal saw the suitcases lock damaged in a way that I’ve never seen before. The plastic used in Samsonite cases is pretty tough and able to withstand a lot, so the force required to break it must have been large. It may be repairable, but one of the other locks was also broken and the case is now slightly out of alignment, more indications of some nasty and very forceful event taking place during it’s journey.