Recently, the Transportation Security Administration announced that it would be ending its ban on checked luggage. For the past few years, airlines have had to take responsibility for luggage that has been lost. Now that the ban is being lifted, some people are wondering how this will affect them. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
First of all, there are still restrictions on what can be taken onto a plane. There are a few exceptions to this rule, but generally speaking you’ll need to follow the same rules as before. This means that you’ll still need to make sure your bags are packed according to the guidelines laid out by TSA when checking them in at the airport. The only real change is that you won’t have to wait in line with everyone else who has been waiting for their bags.
Second, you should be aware of some other things that have changed since the ban was first instituted back in 2005. In addition to not having any restrictions on checked bags, airlines no longer have to pay if your bags get lost or damaged during transit. The only exception is if there was malicious intent involved (such as someone intentionally leaving their bag behind).
After a few years of airline security changes, we’re finally getting our heads around the whole liquids ban (100 ml or smaller containers only, please) and we’re generally satisfied that all carry-on baggage is being thoroughly screened. But, as you know, there’s one final layer of security that’s been in place for more than two decades: your checked luggage.
This week, however, new rules came into effect that say if your luggage is lost by an airline, they have to pay you.
The default limit is $1,600 but you can now negotiate with the airline to get more compensation if your bag is lost.
And the reason this rule change came about? Allegations that airlines were pocketing bags and pretending they had been lost in transit so they wouldn’t have to pay out compensation. In other words: it was an honest mistake caused by a small percentage of dishonest people.
So what can you do to help? The same thing you should do if you are ever asked to give up your seat on an overbooked flight: ask for money. Be polite but firm and don’t settle for the first offer of free frequent flyer miles or travel vouchers. It’s not worth it; cash is king.
The recent luggage and carry-on ban for certain incoming flights from the Middle East has left many travelers wondering if their bags will make it home. The good news is that airlines are now required to compensate passengers for lost bags.
The Montreal Convention, which was signed in 1999 by several countries, including the United States, requires airlines to pay passengers up to 1,341 euros ($1,450) per bag for lost luggage, reports travel website Smarter Travel. If you have valuable items inside your bag or if it contains fragile objects that were damaged during travel, you can also be compensated for that. And since the airline is required to pay up regardless of fault, they can’t get out of paying you just because they claim they didn’t lose your bag. In order to collect your compensation, however, you need proof of total loss of your luggage. You’ll need receipts for any high-value items inside your bag or any damage incurred due to the mishandling of your bag.
If you’re flying with a low-cost carrier or a U.S.-based airline into Europe and your bags are lost on a connecting flight because the low-cost carrier doesn’t fly into Europe (like Spirit), then the airline that actually flies into Europe is responsible for compensating
The airlines are to blame. Not the terrorists. The luggage problem is a mess of their own making, and we should not be paying for it. We need to stop thinking about this as a “security issue”, and start thinking about it as a customer service issue.
The whole luggage ban thing is really just another case of the airlines pulling one over on us, in my opinion. They have a capacity problem, and they’re looking for any way they can to get out of it. And guess who’s picking up the slack?
They say they don’t have enough space in their airplanes for all the bags that people want to bring with them, so they’re going to try and make some space by charging you extra for your bags!
And now, surprise surprise, the TSA is proposing that we’ll need to put our checked luggage through yet another layer of screening before boarding our planes with them. This means more delays, more hassles, more missed flights, more lines at the airport…
It’s time to take our money back from these guys. Here’s how: boycott their crappy service!
According to the latest regulations, airlines are now required to compensate you if your checked luggage is lost. It’s not much, but at least it’s something! This is a great incentive for airports to do their best to keep track of all bags and luggage, so that they don’t have to pay out any more compensation than necessary.
Unfortunately, there is still a lot of room for error in the way that luggage is handled. If you want to make sure that your bags are really safe, then I recommend using a lockable bag service like LuggageHero, which stores your bags safely in local businesses while you explore the city.
Having my bags stored in a secure location while I was travelling around Europe gave me peace of mind and ensured that they weren’t lost or damaged during transit. I would definitely recommend this service if you’re looking for an easy way to protect your valuables while on vacation!
Undoubtedly, if you have flown in the past year or so, you will have noticed a distinct uptick in the number of passengers carrying on their luggage. This has been attributed to a number of factors including:
1) The ever increasing price of checked luggage;
2) The desire to avoid arriving at one’s destination only to discover one’s luggage has not come with; and
3) The more recent ban on carrying liquids and gels onto flights.
The latter factor was touted by many as the straw that broke the camel’s back–the reason for which most people would finally switch from checking their bags to carrying them on. But according to a recent article in the New York Times, an even better reason may be that airlines can no longer avoid paying for lost bags.
Although airlines are quick to advertise how cheap their tickets are, they are also quick to hide costs such as baggage fees and additional charges for meals, drinks, pillows and blankets. As such, it is no surprise that when it comes to lost bags, airlines do everything they can to avoid having to pay passengers for their losses. And up until now, they’ve done a great job. According to the Department of Transportation (DOT), “airlines reported 3.35
Last week, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) issued a final rule that requires airlines to compensate passengers for lost or delayed baggage. This new regulation has been long-awaited by passengers and consumer advocates alike, as it provides protection against lost or damaged luggage, a problem that continues to plague travelers and airlines alike. The new rule takes effect on August 23, 2008 and requires airlines to pay up to $3,300 per passenger for lost luggage.
The regulation also requires airlines to keep passengers better informed about their lost bags. They must provide an incident report for each piece of lost luggage with contact information for the airline’s Baggage Service Office and include instructions on how the passenger may file a claim for compensation of “reasonable” expenses incurred as a result of the mishandled bag.