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NEWS
October 27, 2011 | By Hugo Martin, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
While the nation's airlines continue to blame higher fuel costs for cutting into profits, the industry continues to pocket hefty revenue from fees. The country's largest airlines collected $1.5 billion in fees from checked luggage and reservation change charges in April, May and June, according to the U.S. Bureau of Transportation Statistics. The fees collected for the second quarter represent a 1% increase from the same period last year and were up 8.5% from the previous three months, according to the bureau.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 21, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
The  worker at  Los Angeles International Airport  who was killed early Friday while driving a baggage cart was identified by coroner's officials as a 51-year-old Los Angeles man. Cesar Valenzuela died early Friday when he fell out of the baggage cart and was struck by a “tug” cart. He  was traveling on a service road about 5 a.m. when he either had a medical issue or lost control of the vehicle, airport officials said.   Los Angeles Fire Department   paramedics found him unconscious and were unable to revive him, airport officials said.
IMAGE
February 28, 2014 | By Adam Tschorn
Every journey tells a story, whether it's a weekend road trip up Pacific Coast Highway or a yearlong, round-the-world jaunt. And Tumi hopes that with its new Santa Monica collection of bags and accessories, your luggage will tell a tale too. That was what George Esquivel, the Buena Park-based shoemaker who was appointed Tumi's creative director in January 2013, had in mind when he decided to use soft, buttery leather for the assortment of duffels,...
BUSINESS
December 13, 2010 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
If you are flying during the holiday season, airline statistics show that the chances of having your luggage lost, misplaced or pilfered increase as the number of passengers boarding planes goes up. But the rate of lost luggage may not be as high as it has been in the past. FOR THE RECORD: Airport security: An item in the Dec. 13 Travel Briefcase column in Business about security checkpoints reported that actress Donna D'Errico complained to KLTA about her treatment by Transportation Security Administration officials at Los Angeles International Airport.
BUSINESS
July 14, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
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.
NEWS
July 6, 2013 | By Valli Herman
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
BUSINESS
October 28, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
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.
NATIONAL
December 27, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
TRAVEL
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?
TRAVEL
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.
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