January 7, 2013 |
It's a distressingly common scenario: You've successfully landed in your port of call. Your luggage, however, has hoofed it somewhere else entirely. Trakdot, a tracking device showcased at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, aims to make the snafu more bearable by knowing where your bags ended up. The black and orange, GSM-equipped gadget is slightly larger than a deck of playing cards and powered by AA batteries. The idea is to chuck the Federal Aviation Administration-approved appliance into checked suitcases --it's programmed to power down once the aircraft it's on reaches certain speeds.
July 14, 2013 |
With Madrid-based Iberia Airlines, you can now bag it and tag it yourself. The airline claims it is the only carrier to let passengers print out luggage tags at home. Seattle-based Alaska Airlines tested the idea of home tagging for passengers flying from Seattle to Hawaii last year but has not continued the program. Alaska, along with several other carriers, lets passengers print out luggage tags from airport kiosks. Iberia passengers can print their luggage tags at home and download their boarding passes onto their smartphones.
July 6, 2013 |
Trakdot is a new battery-powered device designed to help travelers keeps tabs on their luggage. You tuck Trakdot into your checked bag, and the palm-sized, Federal Aviation Administration-compliant device switches to “airplane mode” during flight, but upon landing, transmits its airport location to a mobile phone via text, email or app. The app also also sends an alert when bags are approaching the carousel. The $49.99 device works with any cell phone globally. It requires an $8.99 activation fee and $12.99 annual service fee. Info: Trakdot
December 27, 2006 |
The stranded travelers are gone from Denver's airport, but piles of misdirected luggage remain, lost in the rush to get passengers through the snowbound airport. "We had bags that came without passengers, and passengers that came without bags," Frontier Airlines spokesman Joe Hodas said. Some passengers left their luggage behind in a rush to catch a standby flight or chose to leave the airport rather than wait for delayed bags, he said.
October 28, 2012 |
If you plan to fly during the holiday season, the chances of an airline losing your luggage will increase sharply. The rate of mishandled luggage in December was as much as 35% higher than the annual average in the years 2008 through 2010, according to a study by NerdWallet.com, a personal finance analysis site. In the month of January, the rate of lost or damaged rate was 43% higher than the annual average for 2008 to 2011. For example, in December 2010, airlines reported an average rate of 4.7 mishandled bags per 1,000 passengers, compared with the average for the year of 3.47 lost or damaged bags, according to NerdWallet.
November 12, 2006
ONE of my favorite lost-baggage stories happened a few years ago. I was traveling from Boston to Nassau, Bahamas. The flight was nonstop, but the bags didn't make it. When I called the airline, they tracked the bags to Haiti. No problem, I was told; your bags will be put on the next flight. When the bags didn't arrive I was told by the airline that the bags would surely be on the next flight. When the bags still didn't arrive, the airline told me that they had missed the flight. Were they in the bar?
October 16, 1994
In response to "Luggage Lament," Louise Hauter's letter to the editor (Sept. 26): I would much prefer to check everything--but with luggage being lost and pilfered, it won't happen. I can handle the wait at baggage claim, though sometimes it seems forever. The business traveler can't or won't. No easy answer. BETTIE T. ROMAN West Hills I've never had a fish fall on my head, but my luggage was placed in the lavatory for take-off and landing on an Air France flight to Paris.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 2, 1989
Missing luggage containing documents that chronicle a Japanese family's fight against black racism in their country has been recovered, Los Angeles officials said Friday. Bags containing journals and videotapes detailing the campaign led by the family of Toshiji Arita were found in a trash bin near Los Angeles International Airport, a spokeswoman for Mayor Tom Bradley said.
May 29, 1987 |
Scotland Yard said Thursday that undercover police have arrested 23 baggage handlers for looting passengers' suitcases at Heathrow Airport, dubbed "Thiefrow" because of suspected multimillion-dollar luggage pilfering at the world's busiest airport. The five-month operation was the second in which authorities have broken up employee theft rings at the airport.
December 28, 2002
"Air Travelers Urged to Unlock Bags, Opening Liability Issue" (Dec. 20) missed the most serious risk facing air passengers who either voluntarily fly with unlocked checked bags or who have their locked bags unlocked outside their presence: the risk that contraband or stolen items may be placed in the bags. I annually fly to Europe or the Caribbean with checked luggage whose value far exceeds the outdated international treaty limits for lost bags. I can protect myself from the risk of theft from my luggage by packing any items of significant value in my carry-on or leaving them at home.