August 18, 2015
After a long flight, all you want to do is go to the Baggage Claim carousel, pick up your checked luggage and head off to your vacation destination or home. You arrive at Baggage Claim and stand patiently at the spot of the carousel where the luggage comes out of the shoot but, for some reason, you have to keep moving aside as other passengers collect their checked bags. The crowd dwindles until eventually, you’re the only one left standing there. “Just great!” you think. “The airline either has lost my checked luggage or it’s been shipped off to Timbuktu!” Now, what do you do?
Is there something you could have done to prevent this from happening in the first place? And, if it has happened already, how can you track your checked luggage so you’ll know where it is at any given time and get it returned to you expeditiously?
Scarlett O’Hara said it best when she declares in Gone With The Wind: “As God is my witness, I’ll never lose my luggage again!” – or words to that effect Like Scarlett, if you follow these simple tips, lost luggage may become a thing of the past for you, too:
In addition to the tips listed above, there also are some great little electronic devices that you can use to track your luggage – because, “Frankly, my dear…we DO give a damn” about where our luggage is – especially if it doesn’t come out of the luggage shoot at Baggage Claim! New devices continue to come onto the market, so do your research to see which one offers all of the features you want at a cost that will suit your budget. Each of these devices requires a pricing plan from the company in order to track your luggage and, with the exception of the Trakdot Luggage device, are designed to operate only with an Apple IOS or Android cellular phone.
Luc Lug Luggage Locator | Source: GeniusPack.com
Trakdot | Source Trakdot.com
If you’ve done everything right – checked in early enough for your flight (so that your checked luggage has plenty of time to make it onto the same plane), paid to have your luggage checked (and used your Jetsetter Digital Luggage Scale to weigh your luggage to avoid additional charges) – and your luggage STILL gets lost, request a refund (as soon as you realize your luggage is lost) from the airline for the amount of the fee you paid to have your luggage checked in the first place.
Written by Emma Ghattas