• Avoiding the pitfalls of lost luggage


    According to the Department of Transportation, airlines lost 3.13 million bags in 2008. To put that in perspective, that's a 0.52% chance of a lost bag every time a passenger flies. Travelers may be under the assumption that there is nothing they can do about this unfortunate situation. However, there are a number of travel tips and tricks to give their bag a less likely chance of being lost - and if it is lost, ensure that it is found and returned quickly.

    There are millions of black Samsonite bags out there, so if a travelers' is lost, it's going to be difficult to locate. In addition, having a popular bag increases the chances of a fellow passenger accidentally taking that bag at baggage claim. If travelers are especially attached to their bag, tying a distinctive ribbon around the handle is one way to separate their luggage from the crowd. Another way is to invest in a distinctive or brightly-colored bag - American Tourister, for example, makes a bag shaped like a penguin, which makes a really cute accessory for family travel.

    The best combat against lost luggage is preparedness. Don't book tight connections or show up late to the airport, as this disrupts the flow of baggage and makes it less likely that luggage will make the flight. The most useful tip might be to make sure all luggage is tagged with the passenger's contact information, as this ensures that the bag will be returned promptly in case it is lost.

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