Baggage scandals occur at a number of airports London to Amsterdam shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, suitcases are stacked on the floors of the baggage halls like giant Jenga games.

Baggage crisis around the world

Why is this such an issue? Travel has reached pre-pandemic levels, while staffing levels are at rock bottom. The luggage is not because it is lost, but because there is no one to load it onto the plane.

It is said that many airline employees are also on strike these days. As a result, many cargoes are not loaded onto the plane.

This luggage nightmare even led to KLM airline banning passengers from checking their bags on flights to Amsterdam earlier this month in a bid to curb the dreaded dust being thrown up on the airport floors.

Claims of lost luggage have increased by 30% compared to 2019. The crisis is global and in April, USA airlines lost or damaged more than 220,000 bags.

Currently, just under 9 bags per 1,000 do not reach the international flights they were intended for. However, there is good news. Not only do most bags eventually show up, but there are steps you can take to prevent yourself from getting lost.

What can you do to avoid losing your luggage?

Let’s take a look at your options if you are afraid of losing your luggage.

Take hand luggage only

The best option to secure your luggage to your final destination is to keep it with you at all times. Pack light and use a suitcase if possible.

Remember that you can take one carry-on bag and one personal item on board with most airlines. This isn’t always possible, so read on to find out what other steps you can take to prevent lost luggage.

Travel with recognized luggage

Do you know how many simple black suitcases are currently lining the floors of London Heathrow? Our guess is too high. If your luggage is lost, you must fill out a form to help your airline find it.

Bright, patterned suitcases are easier to spot in a sea of ​​luggage than plain, dark suitcases. No need to go out and buy a new suitcase before boarding. If you have a simple bag, just attach a strong luggage strap.

Use the luggage rack

There are several devices that can be used to track your items, e.g Apple AirTag and Samsung SmartTag.

Just connect the Bluetooth tracker to your phone and place it in your suitcase. That way, if your luggage gets lost, you can help the airport staff find it.

Use the baggage tag

Before checking your luggage, make sure you have secured the luggage tag with your personal details, including your phone number and address.

Luggage is often taken out of storage after being forgotten for months before you travel, so if you already have a tag on your bag, make sure the information is still valid.

Book direct flights

Flights with multiple layovers were the cause of many baggage discrepancies, even before the baggage chaos began. The more flights there are, the more likely it is that your bag will get lost on the way.

If possible, book a direct flight. That way, if your luggage somehow gets lost, you know it can only be at your destination.

While lost luggage is a vacation crisis, don’t panic if it happens to you. If you’ve taken these steps, you’ve done everything you can to prevent lost luggage, and once you’ve notified the airline of your problem, your bag will often show up within days or weeks.