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The life of lost luggage

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DH had the opportunity to visit an airline luggage hold this week. Here is what he learned.

There are hundreds of bags lost at airports all over the US. If they have names and phone numbers, the airlines tries to get the bag to you. If it does not, they hold it where ever it was found for 30 days. This could be a serious problem if your luggage was accidentally sent to the wrong airport where you would never be looking for it. All kinds of things could cause it to be displaced.

After the 30 days, it is stacked and then sold in lots to a dealer. DH said there were at least two or three hundred pieces of luggage, waiting to be sold, in the room they showed him, and that was for only one Airline, not the whole airport. DH was stunned by the amount. The Airline person said multiply that by every airline in every airport.

The advice from the rep was to put good quality luggage tags on the bag in addition to the paper airline tag, plus to tape inside every case, info with your name and phone numbers. Put it in more than one place and in such a way that it won't fall out if the case is opened. He said the major problem was there was no identification inside the bags, and any on the outside had gotten ripped off. If your bag has two handles, put a tag on each. Make sure they have at the least, your name and phone number and country.

He also said he wished people would remember to keep medicines with them and to not pack valuable jewelry, cameras, etc. in their checked luggage.

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