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Wednesday 20 August 2014

Somerhalder in travel nightmare

Ian Somerhalder

Ian Somerhalder is pleading with baggage handlers in Belgium to stop their strike so that his luggage may be returned to him post haste.

The 34-year-old Vampire Diaries star travelled to Brussels this week on business.

Ian was in the city to promote his Ian Somerhalder Foundation, which aims to educate people on issues affecting the environment.

The trip was off to a great start, with Ian tweeting about his “magical” experience there.

But the actor’s luck swiftly changed on his ill-timed outgoing flight to Toronto.

After landing in Canada, Ian learned baggage handlers working for Swissport Handling had walked out on the job.

This means his luggage could be stuck in Brussels until union workers reach a deal.

“MY BAGS ARE STUCK IN BRUSSELS-THERE IS A STRIKE-THEY ARE KEEPING MY LUGGAGE!!PLEASE STOP STRIKING!!!” Ian tweeted Tuesday afternoon. “GIVE ME MY BAGS BACK!”

According to Expatica.com, meetings between the union and Swissport officials ended without an agreement on Monday.

Ian is having a rough few weeks.

The actor recently ended his romance with Vampire Diaries co-star Nina Dobrev after three years of dating.

The pair are said to be determined not to let the break-up affect their work relationship.

The Vampire Diaries is currently in its fourth season, with season five scheduled to begin shooting later this year.

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