Have you ever noticed the first piece of luggage that comes out on the carousel never seems to belong to anybody? Mine always tends to be last around the block, especially when I score a front row seat at the carousels starting line. Waiting for your luggage is a necessary annoyance, but nothing compares to the horror of lost or stolen luggage. Whether your luggage was delayed, sent to a different airport or stolen…it can put a damper on any vacation or business trip.
Here are a few tips on how to avoid lost and stolen luggage and how to deal if it happens. Obviously the best way to avoid luggage issues is to put everything your bringing with you on a carry on. While some of you can pull this off, most of us are gross over packers who in no way, shape or form, could ever pull off such a feat. However, putting a spare change of clothes in your carry on is a good idea just in case. Make sure you label your suitcase inside and out. Use the tag holder that comes with the suitcase as well as the tag the airline gives you. A piece of masking tape with your name, phone number and address is good enough for the inside. Put an identifying marker on the outside to easily identify your luggage, such as a bright colored ribbon or fluorescent duct tape around the handle. The more noticeable, the better. Make sure the attendant who checks your baggage attaches the correct destination tag to every bag. To reduce the risk of stolen luggage, arrive quickly at the carousel and be waiting for your luggage. Lock your luggage with TSA approved locks. If a thief is looking to steal, a bag with a lock doesn’t look as appealing as one without one.
If your luggage never makes an appearance, don’t panic. Often times luggage has just been delayed or put on the wrong flight and 90% of lost luggage is returned within 48 hours. As soon as you realize your bags are not going to arrive, go to the nearest baggage claim window and fill out the form. If you need to buy replacement items right away, keep the receipts as some airlines will compensate you. As I said before, most luggage is returned within 48 hours, so if you need some necessities, buy them sparingly. You don’t need a whole new wardrobe. Now that you’re more prepared for a luggage disaster than a boy scout is prepared to roast a marshmallow, let me tell you why you should choose Prime Time Shuttle to get to or from the airport.
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