News article: Where is my checked bag?!?

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Patina

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Another reason why more passengers will carry on instead of check in their luggage:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-your-bags-can-stay-stuck-for-days-1516199015

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For those who do not want to click on the link (totally understand that) or cannot access the article through the link, here is the general synopsis:

The east coast storm brought havoc to JFK where flights were delayed or cancelled. This led to a huge pile of luggage that was not sent along with the passengers. The airlines have little incentive to spend the time or expense to have luggage meet up with their owners, even after the Port Authority implored airlines to expedite luggage delivery. There is very little regulation about delayed luggage so airlines are not quick to send luggage via cargo or another airline as that is an added cost to the airline with no way of re-capture. The article mentions how difficult it is to get reimbursement for essentials purchased while a passenger is separated from his/her luggage as there is no set rule for compensation. Delta was the most proactive airline, bringing in baggage handlers from other airports to help with the onslaught of luggage. They even trucked some of the bags to LaGuardia to be placed on flights.
 
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Another reason why more passengers will carry on instead of check in their luggage:

https://www.wsj.com/articles/why-your-bags-can-stay-stuck-for-days-1516199015
I don't mean to be naive, but who would expect to ever see your bag again after the meltdowns at JFK? The fact that people got them back eventually is a big bonus and kudos to the local workers. All the more reason to beat the drum: make your carryon a survival tool and be sure you have everything you need for several days.
 

Patina

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Oops! Sorry, I will copy and paste when I get in front of my computer.
 
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Wow. I did t have any trouble reading it. Perhaps one of my other subscriptions gives me access?
Also, most sites with paywalls give you at least 10 articles per month.
 

jsn55

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Wow. I did t have any trouble reading it. Perhaps one of my other subscriptions gives me access?
Also, most sites with paywalls give you at least 10 articles per month.
Yahsure, I'm usually the one moaning because I can't open something! I had no problems reading it ... but we do have a print subscription to the WSJ so maybe they "know me"???
 
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I don't know why people check bags - we've gone to Europe three times now in the last 5 years and never checked a single bag. Two weeks in France and Scotland and Italy etc - with one legal carry on - and one legal backpack.

We pack for one week - and make sure somewhere in the middle of the trip we are at an AirBnb or a BnB with a washer. Take 2 hours to do laundry.

We have literally gotten off an international flight at a major hub city in the US and been on the street in less than 12 minutes. Without Global Entry.
 

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I don't know why people check bags - we've gone to Europe three times now in the last 5 years and never checked a single bag. Two weeks in France and Scotland and Italy etc - with one legal carry on - and one legal backpack.

We pack for one week - and make sure somewhere in the middle of the trip we are at an AirBnb or a BnB with a washer. Take 2 hours to do laundry.

We have literally gotten off an international flight at a major hub city in the US and been on the street in less than 12 minutes. Without Global Entry.
The last two years we have traveled have been business trips my wife has to attend and she cannot get suits into a carry on. And two weeks in China on tours left absolutely no time to find a laundromat to wash clothes so sometimes we have to pack more than a carry on can handle.
 
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Just because one person for can travel for x amount of time with a carry on that does not work for all. Anyone who needs contact lens cleaning solutions, medicated shampoos and so on ...there are so many reasons that carry on only not work for many people. Liquid medications come into a difficult part as there is no need to bring some in the cabin (ie medicated shampoo, large bottle of contact lens solution) and they are not prescription and do not get excluded. So a person who does not understand why people check bags is a person who is not thinking about the various health issues and needs of others.

In my opinion the check bags not check bags and being judgmental on how much luggage a person takes is really not appropriate for this forum.
 
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Patina

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The original post has been updated to read:

UPDATE:

For those who do not want to click on the link (totally understand that) or cannot access the article through the link, here is the general synopsis:

The east coast storm brought havoc to JFK where flights were delayed or cancelled. This led to a huge pile up of luggage that was not reunited with their passengers. The airlines have little incentive to spend the time or expense to have luggage delivered to their owners, even after the Port Authority implored airlines to expedite luggage delivery. There is very little regulation about delayed luggage so airlines are not quick to send luggage via cargo or another airline as that is an added cost to the airline with no way of re-capture. The article mentions how difficult it is to get reimbursement for essentials purchased while a passenger is separated from his/her luggage as there is no set rule for compensation. Delta was the most proactive airline, bringing in baggage handlers from other airports to help with the onslaught of luggage. They even trucked some of the bags to LaGuardia to be placed on flights.
 

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My wife and I were discussing this yesterday because it was again on the news in NY and she brought up a very good point.

How many of those bags had absolutely no identification on them for the airlines to identify who they belong to?

If someone doesn’t have a luggage tag with their name address and phone number on it, or something inside an unlocked bag with that info- how are they supposed to know who they belong to?

Having a luggage tag on every bag you check or putting your itinerary inside your checked luggage so the airline knows who it belongs to might result in lost bags being reunited with their owners much more successfully.