US Airports Set a Record. One Million Bags Lost in Two Months

It hardly seems possible, but over one million bags were lost, damaged or delayed at US airports in June and July 2007 alone. Don’t worry though, many of those must have been mine!

I agree with this Washington Post article, suggesting that the baggage claim odyssey these days is the last straw in the nightmare we call modern air travel: delayed flights, mile-long security lines, strip-searches, cramped seats…and finally the climax of no luggage to be claimed, experienced by over one million passengers. Yes, there are more flights now than there used to be, but according to the statistics, the numbers of misplaced bags per one thousand passengers have more than doubled since 2002.

It is certainly not just a US problem. Last year in September, I blogged about my bag getting misplaced in Barcelona. The good news is, they eventually found it. The bad news is, it took them over two months.