Are you likely to lose your bags?

Losing baggage is many a traveller’s worst fears, but really, how likely are you to lose your baggage? Much less likely, says the latest Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques (SITA) baggage report.

Travellers can set their minds at ease, knowing that baggage mishandling has dropped by 70 per cent in the last decade.

Airlines are massively improving their baggage delivery processes, with the adaptation of new baggage tracking technology effectively all but eliminating lost baggage.

“Over the last decade, we have seen significant improvements in bag management as airlines have taken advantage of technology,” said SIYA Chief Barbara Dalibard.

“Now with IATA’s drive for 100 per cent bag tracking, technology adoption will rise further.”

“End-to-end tracking produces data which reveals where improvements can be made in operational processes.”

“While we won’t see a sudden change in 2018, it is a real turning point for the industry as airlines begin to unlock the value of the tracking data for the 4.65 billion bags they carry.”

More than 4 billion passengers flew in 2017, and with just 5.57 per thousand losing a bag, well, it’s not likely – though still quite possible – that you may lose yours at some stage.

Have you ever lost your luggage? How did you or the airline deal with it?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.
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