Dwell these for figures out for a moment. Each year hundreds of millions of luggage runs through airports and onto the commercial aeroplanes. Of that crazy number, an average 21.8 million airport luggage is mishandled every year and sent to wrong destinations, leaving travellers in a world of hurt, upon learning their luggage has not joined them at their destination.
Now, I am not here to tell you how to minimise the risk of losing you precious baggage, that destiny of your personal belongings is in the hand of the airport staff when you hand it over to the staff at the check-in counter.
What if I was to tell you that there was a nifty little strategy that could possibly help you to get your hands on the lost luggage that little bit quicker, in the unfortunate event that it does indeed go walkabouts. And this little strategy is requires minimal effort and is as easy as a click of the fingers.
Snap a picture of your luggage on your smart phone before you leave home and head off to the airport for that eagerly awaited adventure.
Bizarre advice, odd even, perhaps not.
Think about that number again. On average, there is 21.8 million lost luggage each year, that is just shy of the population of Australia. Think about this more, there are thousands of different types of luggage out there in the global world, luggage of different shapes or sizes, different colours, different brand names, no name brands that were bought on the cheap in the markets. It’s quite hard to keep up.
Now try describing your luggage description to the airport staff on the other end of the flight (who have no idea what it looks like), trying to give as much minor detail as possible. Needle in the haystack sound familiar, no wonder it can take days for your personal belongings to finally reach you.
Here is a smart travel tip, airport staff who are scouring different airports for your lost luggage love when there is an image, instead of a worded description. Modern technology has gone a long way as we all know, and passing on images is a breeze. So, by snapping a picture of your luggage, means it can be forwarded around to other airports where the lost luggage has wandered to, found sooner and returned to you much quicker.
Next time you are at the airport and about to check-in, snap that picture, as ridiculous as it may seem, you never know when it is your destiny to have your luggage misplaced and feeling the grief of many other travellers world-wide.