Airlines and lost luggage

I just finished reading an interesting article on how to handle lost luggage problems when you’re flying. First an interesting stat – the chances of a problem are aout 1 in 200. If you fly often enough those odds are going to catch up with you.

Some of the tips I already new, like putting a change of clothes in your carry on, or being able or describe your luggage. Other tips were news to me: Put ID tags insude your luggage in case the external ones are torn off. And finally the biggest problem:

Pay attention to your bag’s destination. Check your luggage check tag to insure it’s checked through to the right place. Believe it or not, this is the biggest single miscue when checked luggage doesn’t arrive at the proper airport. With more and more travelers checking luggage at curbside, the chances for errors have been compounded.

See Fox Carolina for more information.

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  1. Flygirl says:

    I worked for an airline for over a year, and we were very good about getting bags to their correct destination, but sometimes lost luggage happens. The best thing to do is not to be rude to the person who is helping you deal with your lost luggage at your destination. They have nothing to do with your luggage not being there, and will go out of their way for a person who has some class and understanding in a situation like this. I dealt with quite a few people who would have had their luggage delivered much sooner, had they had a little more tact and less attitude when speaking with me.

  2. John says:

    My american express card has a service that is $9 everytime you purchase your ticket with the card. If your luggage is delayed 3 hours or more you get $500 to spend on items that were in your bag.

    The only catch is the destination can’t be your home.(obviously you’d have a change of clothes, etc).

  3. Jack Kennard says:

    Be prepared! We boarded a cruise ship last fall, around 12:30 and it wasn’t until 9:30 that night before we saw our bags. We missed out on several hours of pool time and a dress dinner.

    I’m the web designer for several travel site including a business travel news-feed ( You’d think I would have known better. I now pack several days ahead of time and have a good idea of the activities that will be going on. And I always carry a carry-on.

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