Dealing with luggage is a beast of its own when traveling. Lost luggage, Delayed luggage, stolen luggage, damaged luggage are some of the common mishaps that happen to luggage when traveling. If you lose your luggage make sure you get a written claim for damages. Delayed luggage is common and you don’t have to worry about it, because the airline is proficient in tracking it. If your baggage is stolen then you have to report it to the police. If your baggage becomes damaged, check it and report it, to the airlines before you leave the airport.
- Before you leave the airport, get a reference number for your claim and find out how to check on your bag’s status; some airlines have an online system while others will provide you with a phone number to call for updates.
- The airlines typically have a long list of items for which they will not be held responsible; these include jewelry, money, heirlooms and other valuables. These sorts of items should always be left at home or packed in your carry-on bag.
- Once you’ve gotten your bags off the carousel, immediately check them for damage or other signs of tampering or mishandling. Report any damage before leaving the airport; airline customer service agents will often want to inspect the bag.
“If your bag is delayed more than 12 hours after a U.S. domestic flight or more than 15 hours after an international flight, you will soon be entitled to a refund of any checked baggage fee you paid, according to the latest FAA reauthorization bill.”