Airlines will never lose your baggage if you use these 10 tricksVika
Losing luggage is a nightmare for any tourist.
We've found 10 tips to help you stay together with your belongings.
1. Dispose of old labels immediately.
If you love collecting stickers on your suitcase and remembering your travels, you run the risk of one day not receiving your luggage, because it will fly away by mistake. Better to stick a name tag on the suitcase: this will greatly facilitate the search for luggage in case of loss.
2. Arrive early.
According to the airport staff themselves, luggage is most often lost if you check-in at the last moment. The later you check-in, the more likely your bags will not fly with you, as they may simply not be able to make it through the maze of conveyor belts.
3. Ask staff to label your baggage with the Fragile label.
This is a famous trick on the Internet: tell the staff at the counter that you have some really fragile items in your suitcase and they will receive a special label promising that they will take extra care of it.
4. Do not overfill your suitcase.
Therefore, the heavier your bag is, the more it will be damaged if carelessly loaded.
5. Choose a suitcase in bright colors, but not expensive to look at.
Be that as it may, a notoriously expensive suitcase may end up in the hands of thieves, and an average gray one - to dozens of passengers with the same. If you don't want your luggage to become a stranger, choose a bright color or pattern that doesn't sound like a premium. Here you can read how to choose the right suitcase.
6. Estimate the stopping time.
It happens that on direct flights fewer suitcases are lost than on connecting flights. But don't neglect them entirely. Just make sure there is at least an hour between your flights so that your luggage is safe on board with you.
7. Use a protective film or case.
Remember how you pack your bags at the airport? No thief can get inside. Or you can use such brightly colored protective cases.
8. Insure especially valuable baggage.
There was a case when a passenger flew out of the USA with 8 iPads in a suitcase without insurance and without any declared value. The gadgets have been stolen. But at least the passenger got a refund ... $ 30. To avoid such situations, it is better to insure valuable items of luggage or at least photograph them at the check-in counter for insurance.
9. Choose flights through the hub.
Hubs are airports used by some airlines as the main hubs for their connecting flights. Forbes says you should use them if you have connecting flights. Such airports have a more advanced baggage transfer system than choosing another airline with a stopover at an airport that is also not a hub airport.
10. Buy a GPS tracker.
If you've ever lost your luggage or are just too worried about your belongings, you definitely need a GPS tracker. It is small and inexpensive, but it can determine its coordinates via satellite and then send them to you by email or phone. Just put it in your suitcase and track it online!