I've been meaning to post about this all week. Last Saturday, Oct. 12th, it was raining when we disembarked the Wonder in Galveston. Lots of hard driving rain on the drive to Hobby. We checked in all of five suitcases and spent a couple hours hanging in the airport until our flight. Well, it started pouring hard again with lightening, etc. We boarded our flight late due to the weather, they thought there was a break and we'd be able to get out, but we ended up sitting on the aircraft for about an hour. The Captain kept coming on saying they couldn't leave because the ramp workers weren't able to load the luggage due to lightening strikes in the area. After a while, we were off and landed without incident. When our luggage came off the carousel, it was wet, and I was like "uh oh" but I thought it was just surface moisture and, since we were anxious to get home, off we went. Well! When I opened up our suitcases at home, they were soaked ALL THE WAY THROUGH. It's as if someone dunked them in the pool and then handed them to me. I couldn't believe it. The rampers must have ditched their luggage carts and kept them out in the elements while the pouring rain soaked our luggage. Sadly, all of the pictures I had bought from the cruise were in the outside pocket of our largest suitcase -- I placed them there as it seemed like the flatest place to get them home without bending. Big mistake. I called Southwest and filed a claim and they were very nice. I followed up this week and "settled' with them on the phone. They are paying for our damaged items and offered travel vouchers for our trouble. I thought they were very fair. We are fortunate we didn't have more items damaged than we did. I learned a big lesson also about checked baggage and it is this: If you care deeply for an item you are traveling with, do not pack it because you do not know what will happen after it leaves your hands. Just wanted to post about this fiasco in case it also happened to you. Wanted to share our positive outcome.