Thursday, January 21, 2016

Oh No...You've Arrived, but Your Bag Hasn't

Ever been in the situation where the airline lost your luggage? If so, what can you do?

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, for every 1,000 passengers, three pieces of luggage are reported delayed, damaged, or completely lost. That seems like a lot, to me.

But, if your airline sends your bag to parts unknown, head to the lost-baggage department. Usually, there is a counter or an office close to the luggage carousels. There, you will be able to file a claim. They will ask for a drop-off address of where you are staying so they can deliver your luggage. If you’re traveling around, you’ll have to let them know that and work out something.

What do you do if you're in a foreign country with nothing but the clothes on your back? It's worth asking the airline if they have any idea when or where you bag is. Chances are...they don't. That means you’ll have to purchase things in order to get by.

Next time, pack necessities like a toothbrush, a few essential travel-sized toiletries, and a change of underwear in your carry-on. You can also pack a couple of clothing items in your travel companion's bag, just in case. If your main bag is least you can get by for a few days.

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