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Old 05-01-2014, 09:49 AM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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Only once has my baggage been delayed. Luckily, it was for my trip home. The airline delivered it the next day, but to the wrong house.
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Old 05-01-2014, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Up North in God's Country
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Yes, I have had my luggage lost a few times...but it always arrived by sometime the next day. The airlines are great about having a courier deliver your luggage directly to you...even if it is a 60 mile+ drive for them.

One time when I reported it lost, the airline office gave me this 8" x 11" sheet of paper with all these little photos of luggage on it. They wanted the brand, style, size, and color of luggage. I knew the brand, but the exact style and size I wasn't sure of. I just guessed based on the fact that there were probably 30-40 photos of luggage on that paper they gave me. Be sure you always know your brand of luggage. Sometimes you forget that if it is an older piece of luggage.

Now I always carry at least a change of under things with me in my carry-on luggage in case my luggage gets lost. Of course, these days, almost everyone's luggage is just carry-on!
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:17 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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Only once. Since then, we have only checked luggage twice in 20+ years on our way out to vacation. We've learned how to pack and do carry on only- and we do trips up to 4 weeks, including cruises.

On the way home, if it's free, we often check it, hoping they will lose it and save me the time doing the laundry!
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:22 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Have any of you lost luggage at airports? How did it end?
I fortunately never have, but once I didn't get my checked luggage at the luggage claim, and it turned out they put it on another, later flight. It's a lot of hassles. The next day they delivered it to my home, but I found the locks had been cut by the custom security check.
Doesn't your experience count as lost luggage? Your bags didn't go where they were supposed to, and you had to wait a whole day to get them returned to you. I imagine there was at least a brief period of time when the airline was unaware of their whereabouts, as well.
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Old 05-01-2014, 12:39 PM
 
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Doesn't your experience count as lost luggage? Your bags didn't go where they were supposed to, and you had to wait a whole day to get them returned to you. I imagine there was at least a brief period of time when the airline was unaware of their whereabouts, as well.
I don't know about anyone else, but I don't consider that lost ... just delayed. The bags did go where they are supposed to, just on a later flight (usually because the inbound flight was delayed and there wasn't enough time to make the transfer)
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Old 05-01-2014, 01:20 PM
 
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Never anything totally lost, but didn't get to where I was going when I was there.

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I don't know about anyone else, but I don't consider that lost ... just delayed. The bags did go where they are supposed to, just on a later flight (usually because the inbound flight was delayed and there wasn't enough time to make the transfer)
Yeah, that's not lost. Just delayed. I didn't have to buy new luggage/clothes/shoes, etc
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Limbo
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Certainly, and I once found something in my checked luggage when I got home that wasn't mine. That was odd.

I try my best to not check any luggage.
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Old 05-01-2014, 05:18 PM
 
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Certainly, and I once found something in my checked luggage when I got home that wasn't mine. That was odd.
My SIL had that happen to her.

When I read about the LAX baggage handlers getting arrested for theft, I thought of her and wondered if they'd stolen something and then a security guard or supervisor came by, so they shoved it in the first suitcase that came by.
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:39 PM
 
Location: Down the rabbit hole
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Fifteen years ago, the wife the wife and I flew into San Diego from Hartford about a week before Christmas. We waited forever and ended up filing a lost luggage report for 3 good sized bags. New clothes for the holidays, Christmas presents, good clothes and shoes etc.

We noticed nobody checking baggage tags and my first thought was. What keeps people from walking in off the street and just walking away with somebody's bags?

Sure enough, 3 weeks later after we'd gotten home, that was the airline's guess. Our baggage was never found. There was some kind of monetary compensation but it was no where near what all our stuff was worth. We ended up spending most of our vacation/holiday money on getting new clothes to wear while we were out there but it put a real damper on the holiday.

I have not checked in a bag since. Hopefully the security procedures are a lot better now.
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Old 05-01-2014, 06:45 PM
 
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Fifteen years ago, the wife the wife and I flew into San Diego from Hartford about a week before Christmas. We waited forever and ended up filing a lost luggage report for 3 good sized bags. New clothes for the holidays, Christmas presents, good clothes and shoes etc.

We noticed nobody checking baggage tags and my first thought was. What keeps people from walking in off the street and just walking away with somebody's bags?

Sure enough, 3 weeks later after we'd gotten home, that was the airline's guess. Our baggage was never found. There was some kind of monetary compensation but it was no where near what all our stuff was worth. We ended up spending most of our vacation/holiday money on getting new clothes to wear while we were out there but it put a real damper on the holiday.

I have not checked in a bag since. Hopefully the security procedures are a lot better now.
Nope. I don't fly all that often, but I have never had anyone check baggage tags.

I try to get near where the bags come out. I could grab anyone's bag and head out. If someone said, "Hey, there," all I'd have to do is say, "Sorry. Looked like my bag."
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