Travel Tips: Luggage Handling

Video captures luggage theft at major airports in U.S.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – An aviation communications and technology company said more than 24 million bags were delayed, damaged, lost, or stolen at the hands of the airline industry in 2014.

According to a Sita baggage performance tracking report, More than 10% of baggage is damaged or rummaged through and 5% were permanently stolen.

Experts suggest you follow these tips to avoid luggage travel troubles:

  • Ship your bags to your Destination. Companies like Fedex and UPS offer luggage-shipping services and usually costs the same as checking your bags.
  • Checking-in early can help prevent mistakes by gate agents who are rushing to get bags on-board.
  • Track your own bag. There are a number of GPS devices that passengers can place in their bags so they can know where their bags are at all times.It may cost you about $50 and a small monthly service fee.

The same study shows getting your bag back is not happening any faster. According to Sita, in 2013 it took an average of 33.5 hours to get luggage back; in 2014 it took an average of a 36 hours for fliers to get their bags back.

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