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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).
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.
November 9, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A 27-year-old San Jose man was arrested Friday night on suspicion of brandishing an unloaded gun at Los Angeles International Airport's Terminal 3, a week after a shooting at the same terminal left an airport security officer dead and three others injured. The man, who had arrived at the airport from San Francisco, was taken into custody by airport police about 9 p.m., after witnesses spotted him removing the handgun from his checked luggage, said Sgt. Karla Ortiz, an assistant public information officer for the airport police.     “It scared a lot of people,” Ortiz said.
April 6, 2014 | By Hugo Martín
Returning from a recent leisure trip to Miami, Jerry Jorgensen landed in Detroit only to face one of the biggest frustrations of air travel: His bag was nowhere to be found. After making several dozen calls, Jorgensen got American Airlines to return his bag. But the Michigan dairy farmer was not happy. The airline "passed me around on the phone like a hot potato," he said. The good news about lost luggage is that airlines worldwide eventually recover 97% of mishandled bags. That is one of 10 surprising facts about flying with luggage that came out of a new study by international air transport technology specialist SITA.
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.
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
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.
April 14, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A Haitian woman who was found with a human skull in her luggage pleaded guilty in Fort Lauderdale to illegally storing human remains under a plea deal that could bring her a year in jail. Myrlene Severe, 30, a permanent U.S. resident, had originally been charged with smuggling a human head without proper documentation. She told authorities she intended to use the skull as part of her voodoo beliefs.
March 28, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Opening day at Heathrow Airport's grand new Terminal 5 turned sour as severe baggage delays led to numerous flight cancellations, stranding irate passengers. British Airways, sole occupant of the mammoth new terminal, was finally forced to limit passengers to carry-on luggage, leaving many with the choice of rebooking their flights or seeking refunds. At one point, a flight left for Paris without any of its checked baggage in the hold, airline officials acknowledged.
February 12, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
If the airlines lost your luggage last year, you are among a few unlucky passengers. Very few. During 2012, the nation's largest airlines reported the lowest rate of lost or mishandled luggage since federal officials began keeping the data in 1987. For the year, the nation's airlines had a rate of 3.09 lost or damaged bags for every 1,000 passengers, compared with the rate of 3.35 bags in 2011, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported Tuesday. Some airline critics have suggested that the rate of lost luggage has been declining because passengers carry fewer bags to avoid the check-luggage fee that most airlines introduced in the past four years.
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