So yesterday we talked about your bag getting lost. Here are some tips on how to make sure that doesn’t happen!
How NOT to lose your luggage
More than 2 million bags were lost, damaged, delayed or pilfered in 2010, according to “mishandled baggage” reports made by the largest U.S. airlines to the Department of Transportation. (That’s about 3.57 reports per 1,000 passengers.) Here’s how you
can prevent becoming part of this statistic:
Double-check: Ask the flight attendant handling your bag if you can see
the routing information placed on the handle to verify its accuracy before she sends your suitcase down the conveyor belt. This is especially important if you have a connecting flight, because bags are not always routed directly to the final destination — on occasion, it may be your responsibility to pick up your bag from the first leg of your journey and re-check it, and the best way to confirm this is to see what’s written on the label.
Make yourself known: The key is to ID your bag in multiple places — outside as well as inside — by placing ID cards in various pockets and pouches. And then add another, using the paper tags provided by the airline carrier. Be sure to include your name, address, and phone number (preferably a mobile number).
Share your plans: Pack a copy of your itinerary (in a place that’s not too hard to find) so that airline workers will know where to route your bag in the case they find it and cannot get in touch with you.
Document the evidence: Photograph or video the contents of your bag as you pack. “I just lay everything out on the bed and take a few photos with my phone,” said Kate Hanni, of FlyersRights.org. Not only will that help to identify your bag if it goes
missing, it will also help with claims forms if your suitcase is never found.