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 I annually fly to Europe or the Caribbean with checked luggage whose value far exceeds the outdated international treaty limits for lost bags.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 |
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).
May 26, 2011 |
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 12, 2013 |
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.
June 30, 2013 |
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 www.Trakdot.com.
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.
January 3, 2007 |
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.
April 14, 2006 |
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 |
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.
March 2, 2003
Regarding "Take a New Tack on Packing as Luggage Searches Intensify" (Travel Insider, Feb. 16): On a recent flight the lock on my luggage was damaged even though I had unlocked it. I do not mind having my luggage inspected, but Transportation Security Administration inspectors have no incentive to take care during inspections, knowing full well that they cannot be held responsible for damage caused by carelessness. We could model our inspection system after that in Tel Aviv, which I experienced several years ago. There you put your luggage through an X-ray machine, then open it for the inspector.