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(Reuters)   Airlines lose a passenger's bag every 90 seconds   ( divider line
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2413 clicks; posted to Main » on 23 Dec 2002 at 4:44 PM (14 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-12-23 01:00:28 PM  
Uh, lets see... [image from too old to be available]
2002-12-23 01:22:06 PM  
Airlines are not inhumane entities, they appreciate little favors. That's why I always pack a special bag just for them to lose. Even better, label it for them: 'Delta, you can lose this bag.'
2002-12-23 04:20:11 PM  
Yeah, and with TSA's new wonderful full baggage search rules, they'll be able to pick and choose precisely which bags have the most valuable stuff in them to "lose". Let's see here...undies, kids camera....naw, digital VIDEO camera "ah, HEY VERN! Go 'lose' this bag into the trunk of my car will ya?"

I'm not flying any more.
2002-12-23 04:46:46 PM  
and it's yours
2002-12-23 04:48:13 PM  
All the biggies will be out of business by the end of 2003 anyway. The little airlines are generally more customer service oriented.
2002-12-23 04:49:19 PM  
This couldn't be any more [image from too old to be available]...

The only [image from too old to be available] thing about this is the fact that airlines hire such morons.
2002-12-23 04:50:44 PM  
I'd hate to be that passenger who's bag is lost every 90 seconds.

2002-12-23 04:50:57 PM  
Be sure you carry-on the 'strap-on'; that would be embarrassing if they ever found it.
2002-12-23 04:51:27 PM  
How is this even possible these days? Didn't they institute a policy where your bag must be on the same plane? If so, they're losing bags between the door and plane. Pretty sad.
2002-12-23 04:51:56 PM  
Who checks luggage any more anyway? Only the grannies and Priceline shoppers that fly once every two years. Charge them $50 a bag, I say. If they lose $ on the ticket, they can make it up on the extras. Learn from the car business, who has been successful gouging customers for decades. There is a base price, then everything else is surcharged.
2002-12-23 04:53:23 PM  
Little known fact : O'Hare's terminal #3 is constructed entirely out of Samsonite.
2002-12-23 04:55:18 PM  
The bag handlers use the same rule as the screeners except that they count to 90 and throw the next bag aside for inspection of the contents then confiscate the good items inside and throw the rest away.

/in the no-fly zone
2002-12-23 04:55:28 PM  
We checked for the first time in years on the way back from Vegas a couple weeks ago - because we had a 6 hour layover in Chicago. Of course, they lost my husband's luggage. They also lost some other guy's luggage - all 3 pieces of it. And some other guy was expecting a package on the same flight - they told him to come to the airport because it would be on the last flight in, and that didn't make it either. Out of a 25-person flight, those are not good odds.
2002-12-23 05:00:44 PM  
"Airlines lose a passenger's bag every 90 seconds"

..and boy, is he pissed.
2002-12-23 05:03:03 PM  

That's why, when I fly, I use my luggage I bought from a Discworld store. My luggage follows me.

man, am i such a geek **sniff**

[image from too old to be available]

2002-12-23 05:03:35 PM  
That doesn't sound too bad, actually
2002-12-23 05:07:14 PM  
12-23-02 04:50:57 PM FL-
Be sure you carry-on the 'strap-on'; that would be embarrassing if they ever found it.

Remember, it's always a strap-on, or the strap-on, it's never your strap-on.
2002-12-23 05:12:06 PM  
If they lose mine, it's only bondage masks and Havarti cheese, so no big loss - very replaceable.
2002-12-23 05:20:16 PM  
I'm glad I don't fly in Asia.
2002-12-23 05:21:02 PM  
Airline virus : Your computer's in LA but your data is in Singapore....
2002-12-23 05:21:21 PM  
airline screeners fondle a woman's breasts to check them for terrorists every 60 seconds. What's your point?

All women should have 4 breasts to hide terrorists better.
2002-12-23 05:23:10 PM  
Pay attention to what the agent is doing. I caught one tagging my bag for Seattle once. I was going to Washington D.C.
2002-12-23 05:25:12 PM  
I wished that the airline would lose my bag...............but no she sat next to me the whole flight :(
2002-12-23 05:28:22 PM  
None of this would happen if we all had George Jetson style luggage!
2002-12-23 05:30:18 PM  
In S.oviet R.ussia, luggage loses you!
2002-12-23 05:37:40 PM  
I have had my bags lost not once but twice. Both times it took me weeks to get them back. The sad fact about it was no one at the airline gave a fark. They all acted like this was routine and I should have expected it to happen.
2002-12-23 05:46:55 PM  
TRUE!!! USAir lost mine today! (asshats) somewhere in Charlotte, I think. ...And the customer service is amazing (not).
2002-12-23 05:56:04 PM  
Luckily Ihave never lost anything. Of course I am leaving for Vegas in less than 2 weeks, and all my stuff will probably get lost now that I have typed this.

/gives up
2002-12-23 06:13:19 PM  
I read this as "Airlines steal a passenger's air-sickness bag every 90 seconds."

That, too, would be scary.
2002-12-23 06:18:09 PM  
Amazingly, American had my husband's bag back the next day. I guess that was pretty good.
2002-12-23 07:25:08 PM  
It all ends up at the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama. Totally cool place to shop!
2002-12-23 07:26:36 PM  
350,000 per year, sounds about right. they make up these crazy statistics and you go WOW! but it's like, when something happens every 15 minutes, that means there were only 35,000 in one year.
2002-12-23 07:41:43 PM  
The thing that sucks is every 90 seconds it's still MY BAG!
2002-12-23 07:42:45 PM  
Thats why UPS or FedEx your bags to your final destination. Sure, it costs more, but alot less than losing your stuff, then buying 3 outfits for the week because the asshats lost your bag.
2002-12-23 09:23:21 PM  
is that all?
2002-12-23 11:16:41 PM  
Thats why UPS or FedEx your bags to your final destination..

my experiences with these two (especially UPS) have been worse than any airline. but that doesn't mean that I consider the US postal service as an option either.

let's face it.. we are doomed.
2002-12-24 05:01:46 AM  
Hmmm...probably works out to 0.001% of the bags that pass through ALL airlines every 90 seconds.

I read somewhere that the odds against there being a bomb on a plane is 1,000,000:1, but the odds against there being TWO bombs on the same plane is 17,000,000,000:1.
So, I always take a bomb with me when I fly. Might as well stack the deck in my favour.
2002-12-24 08:26:08 AM  
Losing your bags is part of our business model. Selling your crap helps the bottom line. ;-)
2002-12-27 05:16:54 AM  
I once dispatched for a courier company whose sole business was to deliver the bags that airlines lose, once they are found. It is such a lucritive business, that we had 3 companies competing with us for the airlines business, and all 4 companies still made huge profits.
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