What Happens If an Airline Loses Your Luggage?

We’ve all heard the horror stories. You’re the last person standing at the baggage carousel when suddenly it beeps and drags to a halt. But your bag is nowhere to be found. What happens if an airline loses your luggage?

Your gut reaction may be to panic, but if you know what to do in these situations you can eliminate as much stress as possible.

Let’s take a look at what you should do when you find yourself with lost luggage.

How often do checked bags get lost?

According to the Department of Transportation’s September 2022 Air Travel Consumer Report, there were 269,083 mishandled bags in July 2022. This is up 7% from July 2021.

While Southwest had the largest number of mishandled baggage in July, it represented a smaller percentage of the total number of bags that it had put on board an aircraft. Meanwhile, American Airlines mishandled fewer bags, but they represented a larger percentage of the number of bags it enplaned.

What to do when your luggage is lost or delayed

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This article was written by Carissa Rawson and originally published on www.nerdwallet.com