It is not uncommon for air passengers complaining of baggage lost in transit. The one guaranteed way of not losing the baggage is to personally carry it but this is not practicable - more so, with airline authorities tightening the rules. Most airlines usually allow a passenger to carry with him or her only two bags and the rest must go only into the cargo cabin. Before checking a bag, make it a point to label it prominently - preferably in more than one place. Of course, labeling bags can be helpful to the search team looking for your lost luggage, but cannot prevent loss.
Some passengers imaginatively duct tape a card or paste a label with their name and complete contact details in the hopes that a finder might actually read it and take pains to restore it to the owner. There is a suggestion to wrap a small piece of bright fluorescent tape around the baggage. This may appear stupid but it does work in certain cases as it is easy to spot your bag in a whole pile of similar-looking bags or if wrongly found in someone else's hands. Of course, this strategy will not work if many people try to do the same. It is critically important to remove all old baggage tags pertaining to earlier air travels.
It is preferable to lock one's baggage with some standard approved locks. If someone really wants to steal a suitcase at an airport, they may move on to an easier target if yours is locked. Rush to the area of the airport where your baggage will be unloaded after your flight lands. Watch for your color tag as the baggage is rolled down the chute. Closely watch your baggage until you can probably walk up and grab it.
If perchance your bag does not appear on the baggage carousel, rush to the nearby baggage office and report the matter there at once and give the window clerk your baggage stubs. Situations like this often lead to anxiety that results in hot arguments with airport personnel and unreasonable demands from the passenger. Do not become nervous for there is every chance your bag has just been delayed and possibly coming in on a different flight.
The clerk at the baggage claim window will possibly track your bag on the computer using your stubs. Assuming the bag is on another flight, the clerk will begin calling around to track it down or send baggage guys who work for the airline to look for it.
You may be asked to fill in a claim form with personal info and baggage description. You will then be assured that the airline will look for your baggage and return it to you when found. If the clerk tracks it as having been delivered to the carouse, then it may in all likelihood, be stolen and you will have to lodge a complaint with the police.
If the airline does not succeed in locating your lost baggage, it will try to replace the lost luggage itself with the closest match possible. You're entitled to compensation for lost contents subject to airlines rules. You will have to ascertain whether you will be reimbursed if you buy items like clothes and toothpaste. Be honest about your losses and get the appropriate compensation for them.
The most common reasons for lost baggage are late check-in and tight connections. It will be prudent to avoid them to prevent baggage loss. The most common reasons for lost baggage are late check-ins and tight connections. It will be prudent to avoid them to prevent baggage loss. Make it a point not to pack all valuables like wallets, cash, jewelry, passport, contact information and other critical documents necessary to your travel in your checked baggage.