Ever lost your Luggage?

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1. Posted by Cottonwood (Full Member 222 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

I've personally never lost my luggage, or anything else for that matter while traveling. I have had my luggage arrive a day late a couple times due to tight flight connections. Has anyone else ever lost their luggage while traveling, either for a day or permanently?

I just learned of a place in Scottsboro, Alabama called Unclaimed Baggage Center where they buy all the lost/unclaimed luggage from the airlines and they clean up the items in the luggage for resale.

2. Posted by road to roam (Travel Guru 460 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

No. I've always traveled only with what I can carry on.

3. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 1317 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

I always have a checked bag and it's never been late or lost, though a relative's bag once took an extra 24 hours to arrive (I think the connecting time was too short).

I always allow loads of time for flight connections but wouldn't be too worried if my bag didn't arrive when I did. All the important & valuable stuff is in my carry-on. I have my name and contact info on the outside and the inside of my checked bag, as well as something extra to identify it e.g. a brightly-coloured, clashing luggage tag & strap. But even with all that I once had to reclaim my checked bag (at an airport with no non-passenger access to baggage reclaim) from an elderly lady whom I saw pick it up without even looking at the brightly-coloured strap + coloured tape on the handle....and she didn't even apologise! Since then I've always made sure that I'm waiting near where the bags emerge onto the conveyor.

Bags are considered 'lost' if the airline has not been able to trace the owner after 21 days. Then they go to auction houses which deal with lost luggage (bus and train as well as planes), of which there are several in the UK. Sometimes bags are sold with their contents (which is always described e.g. 'men's clothing') but the contents can also be sold separately...and that always happens if the item is valuable e.g. jewellery, electronics. In the UK, there's no chance of buying a bag with a fortune inside it!

4. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 2015 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

I've had a case lost at a connecting airport en route home, so not much disruption, and it arrived at home after a couple of days.

And I've had a rigid case smashed to bits in handling. Think it took a long fall onto concrete.

After those two incidents I've stuck to carry-on, and have become a big fan of carry-on travel as a result.

5. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 1623 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

My grandson's suitcase was misplaced at Heathrow in 2007 and did not arrive for over a week. My suitcase came through OK - it would have been better the other way around as I didn't really need my dirty clothes that quickly and he was going camping two days after he got back and he needed the clothes that he had in that suitcase - we had to buy more.

My daughter had the luggage door freeze shut in St. Louis so they couldn't transfer the bags.

I gate checked my mobility scooter in 2016 and they did not give it back to me at Heathrow when I changed planes, but sent it to baggage claim. I got it back 2 days later with the control head broken off.

When I was mobile, I did travel with carryons, but I no longer do that - I always check a bag.

6. Posted by Borisborough (Moderator 1515 posts) 31w Star this if you like it!

Around four years ago, my missus had her checked bag lost in China. We were in Beijing for four days and the airline finally produced her bag at the start of the third day - not too much bother! After that, it's carry-on only!

7. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1525 posts) 30w Star this if you like it!

We check our carry-on bags and they haven't arrived with us several times. I always put a full itinerary with contact information on the luggage tags and also on a separate sheet inside the luggage so it's never been lost. When it doesn't come off the plane, we just go to lost baggage claim, fill out the forms and then go on our way. The longest it's ever taken to get to us is three days, once in Nice and once in Normandy. Both times, the airline shipped it to us where we were staying. We do carry a few days undies in our backpacks so we don't have to wash things out in the sink. Most of the time we get the bags after the next flight.

Once Ed's bag disappeared in LHR when we were grounded by the volcano in Iceland. There was just too much luggage for the airport to deal with since all flights were grounded. I had mine and he finally went back out to the airport a couple days later and found his in a huge pile of unclaimed luggage so it ended well. I assume they would have found us later from the information on the tag and inside the bag, but it was nice to have it when we finally got a train to France. Fortunately, I had the toothbrushes!

8. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1257 posts) 30w Star this if you like it!

We once arrived at LHR after a flight from El Paso via O'Hare, and neither of our checked bags appeared. When I reported it at the desk a woman investigated and said that it seemed that while we were routing via O'Hare, our bags had mysteriously been routed via LAX. She had conflicting information regarding what had happened next. One record on the system said our bags were on the LHR-bound plane from LA, the other that they had not been loaded on to that flight because we hadn't shown up to board it (which obviously we wouldn't, having been nowhere near LA!) As the LA flight was due to land in about an hour she suggested we wait could to see if our bags were on it, or if we preferred we could go home and they would send them on to us later in the day if on that flight, or ASAP if they were still in LA. We decided to wait and sure enough there they were, coming off the flight from LA. We didn't know whether to be pleased to see them or concerned that they had bypassed security and travelled on two flights without us

9. Posted by Beausoleil (Travel Guru 1525 posts) 30w Star this if you like it!

We've had bags show up on the next flight a few times. Our assumption was that they had paying freight and decided to leave a few passenger bags for the next flight. Don't know if that is the case but it's happened often enough that it makes sense. We just go on our way and let them get it to us. Why they would send it on a different route is beyond me. Perhaps it was the quickest way? We never put anything in our checked bags that we would mind losing . . . :(

10. Posted by ToonSarah (Travel Guru 1257 posts) 30w Star this if you like it!

Quoting Beausoleil

Why they would send it on a different route is beyond me. Perhaps it was the quickest way?(

If so they chose the wrong alternative, as it took an hour longer