posted Mar 3, 2017, 7:42 AM by PHS Warrior Beat

By: Dani Batze

    For most people, flying is a stressful ordeal, and one thing every passenger does not want to deal with is lost luggage. As much as we don’t want to hear it, airlines losing passengers’ luggage is a common situation, whether it is only misplaced, sent to the wrong airport, or forever lost to the airport abyss. And even though it is impossible to guarantee your luggage won’t be misplaced, there are some tips on how to handle the situation if it were to occur.

    First tip for any airline passenger, no matter the occasion, when you are travelling, pack your essentials and valuable items in your carry-on. The key to a perfect flight is having what you need all in one spot and with you at all times. Therefore, if you get in the situation of having your luggage lost, with the correctly packed carry-on, your experience will be as hassle-free as possible. Bonus tip: pack an extra outfit in your carry-on as well.

    Next tip is to know your luggage like the back of your hand. Richie Copelovitch from iFLY Luggage says, "Know the brand, color and size of your luggage. The better you're able to describe your missing luggage, the easier it will be for the airline/airport to find it.” Along with being able to describe your luggage, have the baggage claim tag on your luggage; it is important and helpful in the search.

    Finally, find out what the airline policy is in terms of monetary compensation and stay diligent. "Different airlines have different policies," Copelovitch said. "If your bag is lost for more than 24 hours, the airlines will help you to buy clothes until they get your bag to you." And because you are probably not the only passenger with missing luggage, as well as all the other problems the airline is dealing with, keep checking with the airline. "Don't let them forget about you. Do it nicely and don't tell them the stories that they don't need to know. It won't get you your bag faster,” states Copelovitch.

     Preparing yourself for any situation you could encounter when travelling makes the actual trip seem less daunting. And nothing could be more daunting than standing at the baggage claim after a long flight and watching as every single bag comes and goes on the conveyor belt but your luggage is nowhere to be seen. If it happens, take a deep breath and head to the baggage claim office.

Edited by: RK

Uploaded on: 3/3/17