As promised, here is part 2 of my guide of questions answered and practical strategies of recovering luggage lost while in transit at the airport. In part 1 we talked mainly about laptops (and about how you know, most people at an airport are not active in the petty thieving business). Today we will field 3 more questions and tips that you can use (or choose not to use for some strange reason).
These tips and practical strategies should help any ease of anxiety as you start traveling, whether it is domestic or internationally. Just remember, the worst thing you can do is panic. The best thing you can do is to be methodical and have the right knowledge to know what to do.
The good news is… that is exactly what we are going to get into now! So let us dive into 3 more strategies and questions answered that will help you.
1 – Understand that there Might Be Multiple Lost and Founds
At major airports or airports dominated by a single airline carrier, they may have multiple lost and founds. This is good to know because your lost baggage might not end up at the actual airport’s official lost and found, but rather the carrier’s lost and found that operates in the terminal where your luggage is lost.
It is to your advantage to know the local rules of the airport you are in as each operates slightly different. Knowing there are multiple lost and founds to check is a big help as well and will cut down the time between losing the item and finding it again.
2 – A Quick Call is Quicker than a Quick Walk
For some reason when people get to an airport and realize they have to walk all the way to the airports lost and found to find the item, they completely forget that airports have phones. I am not really sure why this happens, but fear not! You are not in some alternate phoneless universe at the airport. In fact, pretty much every desk lining the terminals have phones and there are almost always pay phones to be used.
Call up the lost and found department. Even if you only get a recording, you can still leave a message. Describe in detail your luggage, your name and your phone. It is best to give your name and phone number at the start of the message too just so you can avoid getting cut off by the message timer when you are describing your luggage.
3 – Leave Your Mark!
This is another strange thing that I am not quite sure why people do not do… people have all these valuables items but then never mark them or label them stating that they are theirs. This is super easy to do too. All you need is to buy some tags, or even just tape your business card onto the package and in big print letters say “OWNER OF LUGGAGE”.
It is that simple.
And this will skyrocket your chances of finding an item that goes missing during one of your travels.
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