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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.
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OPINION
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 I annually fly to Europe or the Caribbean with checked luggage whose value far exceeds the outdated international treaty limits for lost bags.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.
BUSINESS
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).
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
NATIONAL
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.
BUSINESS
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 www.Trakdot.com.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
BUSINESS
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.
NEWS
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 2014 | By Kate Mather and Richard Winton, This post has been corrected. See note at the bottom for details.
An investigation into a baggage theft operation at Los Angeles International Airport has grown rapidly, and authorities now say as many as 25 baggage handler may ultimately be detained in the case. Police said the theft operation -- probably one of the biggest in LAX history -- preyed on travelers and resulted in the theft of “thousands upon thousands of dollars” in electronics, jewelry and other items from luggage as it moved through the airport. So far, six baggage handlers have been arrested and eight others detained in the case.
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