Is Your Luggage Lost? Here's How to Get It Back — Fast!
Megan Liberman arrived in New York on July 22. Her bags did not.
She was originally booked on American Airlines from London to New York, but her flight was canceled and she was rebooked on a British Airways flight. Somewhere along the way, her four bags were misplaced, and when she landed in New York, they were nowhere to be found.
A canceled flight can easily lead to bag confusion. (Photo: Thinkstock)
Her bags contained the typical items — all of her family’s summer clothes, shoes, toiletries, medications, and souvenirs.
"The delay was a nightmare and extremely costly," said Liberman, editor-in-chief of Yahoo News. ”My kids left for sleep-away camp on Sunday morning, and I had to repurchase whole summer wardrobes, shoes, goggles, etc. for them, which I will never recoup the cost of.”
What happened to Liberman and her family is not a rare occurrence. A month ago, thousands of bags were misplaced in the British Airways baggage system. It took three days for the airline to correct the issue and start getting bags back to passengers.
Going any amount of time without your baggage can be inconvenient, stressful, and costly. So before you board, read on for some tips and tricks that will keep you from playing lost and found with your luggage.
Before you fly, consider this:
1. Pack a Solid Carry-On
By now we all know the power of the carry-on. Be sure to pack any important or expensive items in your carry-on to prevent being left high and dry. This includes electronics, prescriptions, and a change of clothes. If you’re struggling to fit everything in your carry-on, try this bundle packing method.
Pack your carry-on with necessities — just in case. (Photo: Thinkstock)
2. Ship Your Luggage
Completely remove the possibility of the airline losing your luggage and ship it instead. There are several services out there that have pretty good rates, including Luggage Forward, Luggage Free, Sports Express, and the Luggage Club. They’ll deliver your luggage straight to your final destination — how sweet is that?
3. Think About Baggage Insurance