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.