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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, 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.
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.
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 | United Press International
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 I annually fly to Europe or the Caribbean with checked luggage whose value far exceeds the outdated international treaty limits for lost bags.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.
December 31, 1988 | BEVERLY BEYETTE
It's an open-and-shut case of automation at United Air Lines' baggage-handling operation at Los Angeles International Airport, where at the peak of the current holiday travel season, about 20,000 pieces of baggage are processed daily (compared to the usual 12,000 to 14,000 pieces).
June 30, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Airlines in the U.S. lose or damage about 140,000 bags a month, or about three for every 100,000 passengers. It's a relatively small loss rate. Still, several companies hope to capitalize on the frustration you feel waiting by the baggage carousel only to realize your luggage didn't make it onto your flight. Los Angeles-based GlobaTrac plans to begin shipping next week a palm-sized device that you toss into your bag to track your luggage, via the internet or a smartphone app. The device, called Trackdot, sells for $50, plus fees from
May 26, 2011 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Travel & Deal blogger
Want a fur pouch messenger bag from Weird Al Yankovich or a briefcase signed by Donald Trump? Celebrity luggage and baggage went on the auction block Tuesday in a special sale aimed at raising money for charity and sponsored by JetBlue Airways . More than 50 celebrities, from actors to athletes and designers, donated items for the airline to sell. Two round-trip tickets on JetBlue come tucked inside the luggage too. Bidding on items in the Celebrity Baggage Auction started Tuesday on Ebay and will continue until Monday.
February 20, 2014 | By Robert J. Lopez
A suspicious package at Terminal 3 at Los Angles International Airport turned out to be a piece of unattended luggage, an airport spokeswoman said Thursday night. Passengers at the lower level of the terminal were evacuated after the report came in shortly before 6 p.m. "Very few passengers" were in the terminal, LAX spokeswoman Nancy Castles said. A Los Angeles Police Department bomb squad responded to the incident.  Castles said nearly all the lanes at the airport remained opened while police investigated the report.
January 3, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Five employees of a baggage-handling contractor have been charged in the theft of 158 pieces of luggage from George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, police said. Sixty-eight pieces of looted luggage were discovered in a pet store's trash bin. Another 90 pieces were found at other locations, authorities said.
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