You do not want to spend your trip dealing with law enforcement authorities, airline lost
and found departments and running around in a foreign country trying to buy everything
you came with. Prescriptions are likely to be a serious problem.
Here is some of what you should know:
For business travelers,
don’t risk your electronics, work and everything else you need in order to do what you
traveled there to do.
- The first step towards finding lost luggage is to locate an airline representative and inform them.
- Complete the loss form them they give you as soon as you receive it. You can list the missing items and provide other information. Don’t leave the airport until you’ve completed the form.
- Before you submit the form, make sure you obtain a copy.
- They may request your baggage claim checks. If they do, note it on the form and take photos of them first.
- Although much of the luggage lost is found within several hours and will be put on the
next flight to your destination, this is not always the case.
- If you cannot wait at the airport while the airline conducts its preliminary search, make
sure the airline has your hotel or address to forward your luggage. Notify that location
that the airline may be delivering it.
- You will need clothes and other things. Airlines usually provide some money under
circumstances of loss. Keep your receipts.
- Unfortunately, your luggage many not be found. Be prepared to provide a depreciated value of the contents and the luggage itself. For more costly items such as cameras, you may be asked for additional proof.
- There is a lost luggage “heaven” in Scottsboro, Alabama. That’s one trip you don’t
want to have to take.