Some 25 million bags lost in airports in 2009

26 Mar 2010

Did you lose your luggage some time last year?

Then you were one of 25 million air passengers whose bags went missing in airports all over the world, says air transport electronics group SITA citing data from the World Tracer luggage tracking database, which it co-sponsors with airline industry group IATA. The losses cost the airline industry about US$25 billion.

Over half these bags or 52 percent were misplaced during aircraft transfers, while another 16 percent did not arrive at the destination on time as they were not loaded on planes, luggage tracking data showed. Other problems included ticketing errors, mishandling at the arrival point and tagging problems, SITA's research showed.

On the positive side, most of the missing luggage was traced and returned within 48 hours.

Margie T Logarta

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