Ever lost luggage?

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Ever lost luggage?

MaryExy MaryExy 06/30/2011

I'm curious to see how often this actually happens and whether it's ever fixed.

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MaryExy MaryExy
Is it really common for luggage to be lost on plane trips? Do you take the chance of it being lost or stolen? Do carry-ons ever get stolen?
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I've never had luggage lost (and I've traveled from NY to Alaska and back, from NY to Florida and back, from NY to México and back, from NY to...) but I've heard of it happening, recovered and not. I have a policy that if something is that precious to me I keep it in my carryon, which doesn't leave my side--or I just don't take it with me. There's very little that I consider to be irreplaceable that I find necessary for a vacation. And I always pack a full day's clothing, a pair of comfortable shoes, and a swimsuit in my carry-on. Just in case.

I've never had luggage go missing in a hotel, on a cruise ship, or in any other lodging.
06/30/2011
newfoundlust newfoundlust
We have had luggage go missing after being checked twice. Once when we went to a wedding out of state, and the second time when we went skiing out west. On both occasions, the bag was found and delivered to where we were staying within 48 hours. A huge inconvenience, but all worked out in the end.
06/30/2011
ToyBoy ToyBoy
I lost luggage once, but it was recovered within 24 hrs.
06/30/2011
SexyLilPixi SexyLilPixi
I didn't think it could happen that easily, but then sure enough, my best came over from England last summer & her whole family's baggage was lost for the entire 3 weeks they were here on vacation.
06/30/2011
tickle me pink tickle me pink
Whenever I fly I'm always staying in my destination for awhile so I don't have much of a choice about checking my luggage. Thankfully I've never lost any, but until I get my stuff back in my hands I'm always nervous that something will happen to it.
06/30/2011
darthkitt3n darthkitt3n
I've never had luggage lost or stolen.
06/30/2011
The Curious Couple The Curious Couple
I've never had any problems with my luggage being stolen or lost.
06/30/2011
married with children married with children
I have had my luggage delayed before. I know, how does that happen. But I had to go back to the airport to pick up my luggage when it showed up 8 hours latter.
07/01/2011
big b big b
no luck so far
07/01/2011
Coralbell Coralbell
My luggage got lost once, but luckily it was returned to me the next day. I try to avoid checking luggage as much as possible, and put all the important things in my carryon when I do.
07/01/2011
KrazyKandy KrazyKandy
I hate flying because Im afraid of losing stuff
07/01/2011
BBW Talks Toys BBW Talks Toys
I lost a suitcase when I moved from Miami to Atlanta (the 2nd time) and it was recovered the same day. It had a good 3/4 of my wardrobe in it. When it was recovered, we learned that the reason it was lost was because they had handled it so poorly at some point that the luggage was basically destroyed, except for the main portion of suitcase.
07/01/2011
Maeby Maeby
I've known people who have had their luggage delayed, but never lost and gone forever.

It must happen more than you would think, though, as there is an entire (quite large) store that sells unclaimed baggage. They even found the original "Hoggle" puppet (muppet?) from the movie Labyrinth. He's not for sale, though, just displayed with other interesting finds.
07/01/2011
Acorn Acorn
My luggage got lost once. I was flying from Seattle to D.C. It got lost in LAX after my connection flight got changed due to engine problems. It took about 24 hours to get it back.
07/01/2011
Diabolical Kitty Diabolical Kitty
I always worry about this stuff.
07/01/2011
alliegator alliegator
I've had luggage delayed, where they sent it on the wrong plane and they had to deliver it to my door two days later.
07/01/2011
indiglo indiglo
I almost always check luggage, and I've never had any lost. *knock on wood*
07/02/2011
Eva Schwaltz Eva Schwaltz
Never lost anything, but almost did when we saw our luggage still on the tarmac because we were late checking in for the flight.
07/03/2011
mandiegk mandiegk
My luggage was lost when I was flying to Ireland for my study abroad program. It took Aer Lingus few days to track it down in Amsterdam. Fortunately, my mother had suggested I pack some clothes in my carry-on just in case, so I was not wearing the same clothes for 4 days.
07/03/2011
C-Rae C-Rae
Never lost my luggage
07/03/2011
onehotmomma onehotmomma
I will never, in a million years ever check a bag again. I've known people getting bags lost on planes, and always have had them recovered, unfortunately one girl I knew just flew over seas, and her bag hasn't been recovered, it's been over a month!

I however was lucky enough to get my CARSEAT back, unfortunately it was 4 days later. We flew to visit family, and I didn't check the carseat or stroller. I didn't want them getting lost, I'd be screwed. So I took it through the terminal, and they have that little carry cart that they take from you at the door and stick underneath in the luggage department. It basically goes from your hands to underneath the plane.. We landed, and they brought out the stroller...no carseat. It was the same lady who put it away for me, and she was dumbfounded. It just "disappeared" she said. Then they figured someone else must have grabbed it while getting off.Do you know what she offered me? Airplane wings for my kid.
Now it's replaceable, but how do you get to a store that sells carseats when you are in an airport without one to transport your child in? I never left the terminal when we got off the plane. I sat there and let my 1 1/2 year old at the time scream bloody murder, and run wild.We had to wait for daddy to be picked up, and get to a store, buy a car seat, and come back to get us. The lady at the station was less than thrilled with me.

When we got home our carseat was sitting on our front doorstep.

Oh yeah, and on the plane ride home, I made them store my stroller and the carseat(base and all) inside the plane with me. They told me they couldn't do it, but I have seen people with guitars and things of that nature storing them on the plane so they don't get mishandled.
07/04/2011
amandaco2011 amandaco2011
I have been lucky and my bag always comes through ok.
07/05/2011
Nigglemagic Nigglemagic
i ahve been lucky and never have lost any luggage!! whew!
07/05/2011
Steve of Eden Steve of Eden
I never fly...
07/16/2011
ThoughtsAblaze ThoughtsAblaze
I only fly maybe twice a year, and I almost always pack lightly so I can have a carry-on and not worry about baggage fees and retrieval.

The first person I ever knew to lose luggage was a high school friend who went to Moldova for a two-week long mission trip one summer. Everyone's luggage made it through except hers. They were in an extremely poor area in the middle of the nowhere, so there was no dropping into Walmart for fresh skivvies and $5 pants. Luckily she shared some clothes with the rest of the team and got her luggage back about a month after she returned from the trip. The airline tracked her luggage as it came back to her, and it ended up on at least 3 different continents before it finally arrived in South Carolina.
07/17/2011
Pink Jewel Pink Jewel
I have never lost luggage.
09/16/2011
ColorSplash ColorSplash
I havent either.
09/17/2011
GenderSexplorations GenderSexplorations
I've lost luggage multiple times. I organize the suitcase into smaller plastic bags for easy packing and the real fun part is when your luggage arrives but your suitcase is partly empty, your underwear mini-bag is missing, and you've got a 'bag inspected' tag inside it! Damned TSA. Really. They lost all of the underwear we brought in 'inspecting'!
09/17/2011
AmberM AmberM
I've never flown sadly.
12/28/2011
Highmaintenancegirl916 Highmaintenancegirl916
No,I've only flown twice once 2 get 2 my destination and then back home. And I checked my bags often.but I plan 2 fly again. And will keep an eye on it once again.
12/28/2011
voenne voenne
Luckily I have never had such an issue. I try not to bring anything valuable in the first place, and carry as little as possible so whatever I bring as a carry on is easy for me to watch out for.

I just know about my friend having his check-in luggage lost on his trip to and around Europe, luckily he got it eventually before leaving to his next destination. I would be so upset.
12/28/2011
LAndJ LAndJ
I've only flown twice and didn't have an issue either time. Some extended family members have had luggage stolen though, some returned, some lost forever.
12/28/2011
EdenJP EdenJP
Quote:
Originally posted by MaryExy
Is it really common for luggage to be lost on plane trips? Do you take the chance of it being lost or stolen? Do carry-ons ever get stolen?
Never lots luggage on a plane
12/28/2011
Ms. N Ms. N
I was with a group, and my suitcase was the only one lost (out of 30+). It was recovered, but badly damaged.
12/28/2011
Mihoshi4301 Mihoshi4301
I've always checked some luggage, but luckily I haven't had any lost yet.
12/28/2011
Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
I have lost luggage before, I have had luggage get damaged before, I had pieces missing from my luggage as well (e.g. I know I packed a camera, but when I checked the luggage after picking it up from the airport the camera isn't there anymore...)

It's always something going wrong with the checked luggage. I have American Express travel insurance, and I save my receipts so I get reimbursed for the items lost and the luggage delay/lost insurance claim.
02/13/2012
Graniteal Graniteal
This never happened to me
02/13/2012
wicked weasel wicked weasel
I have not lost luggage yet, but I had luggage that was badly damaged
and lost stuff inside.
07/10/2012
lana.banana lana.banana
I like to keep my luggage with me
07/10/2012
Heatherbipoly Heatherbipoly
i havn't not
07/10/2012
michael scofield michael scofield
i never check luggage anymore on carry on. i have family member working at the airport and they worn me it is so corrupt. my uncle works at the airport and he and his wife just recent went on vacation they stole her curling iron makeup and perfume. and they stole his sneakers lol. its a shame
07/10/2012
MK434 MK434
I have never lost luggage, that would really suck!
07/10/2012
Chilipepper Chilipepper
I tried, but my ex-husband wouldn't stay lost at the airport.

(On topic: I haven't had it happen, but I know people it's happened to.)
07/10/2012
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
I have only flown one time before and did not loose anything of mines.
07/10/2012
BlooJay BlooJay
I've lost luggage before, but it was recovered the next day.
07/10/2012
hotcherry hotcherry
I don't fly but I did work at an airport
07/10/2012
Scrawberry78 Scrawberry78
My bag exploded and it was delivered a or 2 week later.
07/10/2012
Bignuf Bignuf
Quote:
Originally posted by MaryExy
Is it really common for luggage to be lost on plane trips? Do you take the chance of it being lost or stolen? Do carry-ons ever get stolen?
I just took a flight and when I got onboard, I placed my "carry on" rolling suitcase in the overhead. When we got to the destination I looked into the WRONG overhead (the one across the isle), since it was open that THERE was my suitcase. I grabbed it and left.

Not till I got home and opened it, did I realize it belonged to someone else. Thankfully, I called the airline right away. So did the other person and by the next day, we BOTH had our correct luggage. I had two REALLY nice strands of pearls in there, and a solitaire 3 Ct diamond necklace (was going on a brief social trip)....and they too were returned untouched.

The world still has HONEST people!!!!
07/10/2012
Missmarc Missmarc
Quote:
Originally posted by MaryExy
Is it really common for luggage to be lost on plane trips? Do you take the chance of it being lost or stolen? Do carry-ons ever get stolen?
I lost one checked-in luggage a while ago, the only thing I felt bad losing was a really cute plaid skirt from Hugo Boss.
07/10/2012
SilverIsis SilverIsis
I had my bike carrier lost on the way back from France. The airline eventually found it a few days later, but by that point the the late charges to the rental company were so expensive that I could have bought my own. On the plus side since it happened coming home rather then to my destination so I was able to use it for the race that I came to compete in. Being 5'2" it would have been rather difficult to get a proper road bike in my size in the middle of the french countryside.

I also had a bag delayed in Australia, but that wasn't as big of a deal as they brought it to my hotel a few hours later.

Finally, I lost my keys somewhere between my home and Chicago a week ago. My best guess is that they came off my carabiner when I was trying to get comfortable in my seat. I doubt I will see them again.

On the whole,I try not to check bags, not because I worry that they will get lost but because paying for the convenience to me seems ridiculous. That said, there are alot times when I don't have a choice, like with the bike,so in those cases I just try to have as non stop a flight as possible, since that's where I figure most of the disappearances happen.
07/10/2012
mrs.mckrakn mrs.mckrakn
Nope
07/10/2012
mrs.mckrakn mrs.mckrakn
Nope
07/10/2012
mrs.mckrakn mrs.mckrakn
Nope
07/10/2012
HannahPanda HannahPanda
Thank goodness, no!
07/10/2012
Allstars316 Allstars316
Knock on wood I have never lost my luggage. But I always check at least one bag.
07/11/2012
digit88 digit88
Quote:
Originally posted by MaryExy
Is it really common for luggage to be lost on plane trips? Do you take the chance of it being lost or stolen? Do carry-ons ever get stolen?
never flown
07/11/2012
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MaryExy MaryExy
This excludes staying at a friend's house, with family, etc. Just hotels, motels, cabins, resorts, etc.
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indiglo indiglo
I've never had anything lost or stolen at a hotel. I hope it stays that way!
07/02/2011
MJ1337 MJ1337
I was on a cruise , they held my luggage because it looked like my listerine bottle was a bottle of liquor.. yea....... ...
07/04/2011
Endocott Endocott
Never had any luggage issues, knock on wood!
07/04/2011
LAndJ LAndJ
I never stay in hotels or other lodging really. I only stay in hotels like once every two years and just for overnight usually.
12/28/2011
EdenJP EdenJP
Quote:
Originally posted by MaryExy
This excludes staying at a friend's house, with family, etc. Just hotels, motels, cabins, resorts, etc.
Never lost it myself, but others at a hotel...
12/28/2011
Mihoshi4301 Mihoshi4301
Sometimes I'll lose something from my luggage myself when I'm staying somewhere else, but that's because I missplaced it and not because it was stolen.
12/28/2011
Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
I never lost any luggage at hotels, only in airports.
02/13/2012
lana.banana lana.banana
never
07/10/2012
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
Never had this happen either.
07/10/2012
BlooJay BlooJay
I've never had this happen.
07/10/2012
SecretKinksters SecretKinksters
We both travel quite often...never had an issue.
07/10/2012
Missmarc Missmarc
Quote:
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This excludes staying at a friend's house, with family, etc. Just hotels, motels, cabins, resorts, etc.
Nope, this has never happened to me
07/10/2012
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MaryExy MaryExy
Maybe I missed something...
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Stinkytofu10 Stinkytofu10
Lots of delays, like I said if your luggage is delayed or lost you get reimbursed if you have American Express travel insurance. I think it's $200 for delay and another $200 if flight is cancelled, and if your luggage is lost you submit receipts and they reimburse you for the receipts.
02/13/2012
PeaceToTheMiddleEast PeaceToTheMiddleEast
Nope none at all.
07/10/2012
HannahPanda HannahPanda
They've lost my luggage but said they found it a day later once.
07/10/2012
wdanas wdanas
We've had luggage that got sent on to three different countries by the time it found its way to us. Not sure how that happened, but I've long since joked that my underwear have traveled more than I have.
07/11/2012
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