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How to Deal With and Avoid Lost Luggage

Have your bags ever fallen victim to the bottomless pit of lost luggage? If you’re a frequent flyer and the airlines haven’t lost your luggage before then consider yourself lucky. As frustrating as it is when the airlines lose your luggage, I guess you have to put it down to human error… these things happen. At the same time, it can be an extremely annoying experience when your luggage is MIA and you have no idea where it is or how to get it back.

We answer some frequently asked questions about lost luggage and how things like this happen in the first place and discuss what you need to do to retrieve it from the Bermuda triangle of lost luggage.

What percentage of checked bags are lost?

Airlines are getting smarter about baggage handling and relying on technology such as luggage tags and automated tracking systems to track luggage at major transfer points. This means the chances of your checked bags getting lost are very slim. However, the chances of luggage being put on another flight or taking a detour to another airport are greater on connecting flights.

The scientific theory I like best is that the rings of Saturn are composed entirely of lost airline luggage.” – Mark Russell

What happens if an airline loses my luggage?

If your luggage goes AWOL the first step is to not panic and blame or be nasty to the airport staff or people who are trying to help. This is what you should do if you find yourself standing at the carousel and your bag is nowhere to be seen:

Note. Different airlines may have different policies for lost luggage.

How much do airlines have to pay for lost luggage?

Various airlines offer compensation for essential purchases if your luggage is delayed and compensation for your luggage and its contents if it is lost forever. If you are claiming expensive items as part of the lost items, you will be asked to prove that you owned those items.

Note: Certain airlines do not take responsibility for expensive items such as visas, computer equipment, electronic devices, mobile phones, fragile items, business documents, and jewellery in lost luggage.

How do I track lost luggage?

Most airline websites have a lost baggage tracker section where you can put in the tracking number and see the status of your luggage.

How can I avoid losing my luggage?

Having travel insurance is great, but most of us will agree that we want to get our original belongings back. Fortunately, there are some precautions you can take to ensure you never lose valuable luggage.

Unfortunately, many travellers are at the mercy of airlines when it comes to luggage, but by clearly labelling your luggage and being careful about choosing a flight with enough connection time between flights, you should be able to avoid having to deal with lost luggage.

Add Delayed and Lost Baggage Protection to your flight booking and our partner, Blue Ribbon Bags will try to locate your luggage within 96 hours from the time your flight lands.

Has your luggage ever gone missing on a trip? Let us know how you dealt with it in the comments section below!

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