ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

What happens to lost luggage

Updated on August 3, 2008

The story of a lost Samsonite looking for it's owner


Greetings. My name is Samsonite Aspire Lite and I am a lost luggage. I have traveled across many States but yet did not make it to my final destination. It all happened early this morning at the Tucson Iternational airport when I was dropped off at the check in counter by my owner, 45 year old passenger Brain Mc Michael. I was afterward carefully boarded in the cargo hold of a 757's belly with several other luggages directed to Newark, with a brief stop in Houston.

Most of us, pieces of luggage, are delivered safely accross the States and we are happily reunited with our owners upon arrival. However, sometimes things go wrong and we end up missing. This can be a very frustrating experience especially for passengers since we hold many valuable items. These incidences seem to occur the most on elaborate trips where there are one or more connections. For instance, I was accidentally boarded on an Alaskan flight with destination Anchorage once I landed at Houston International. My mismatch was due to human error as my label was accidentally read wrong by a rushed and distracted airline employee.

Once I reached Anchorage I was sent to baggage claims where I circled about twenty times unclaimed. By the time I was dead from being dizzy, an employee collected me and noticed the mismatch.

In the meanwhile at 2:30 PM. at Newark International a worried Brian McMichael watches the luggage circle at the carousel for an hour. His Samsonite Aspire Lite is AWOL. Worried, he contacts the employee in charge of the baggage claim counter. He files a report with enclosed an itemized description of the contents of his luggage and heads to his hotel without change of clothes. He uses an overnight kit of essentials such as toothpaste/toothbrush and as he brushes his teeth he keeps his fingers crossed that as the majority of lost baggage cases his case will have a happy ending. As a matter of fact, 98% of travellers who claim lost baggage are happily reunited with their personal belongings within 5 days. The sad 2% of unclaimed baggage ends up in Scottsboro, Alabama where contents are sold at the 40,000 square foot unclaimed baggage center for a bargain price.

Luckily, Brian's Samsonite has still a label that clearly witnesses that a major mismatch has occurred. The worse cases seem to occur to luggages whose lables are accidentally torn off or are lost upon loading and unloading. Still, these luggages can be claimed by detailed descriptions of contents and luggage brand, color and size. Many people have relied on placing a red ribbon on their baggage in order to be recognized easily, but more and more people are using red ribbons lately turning an initially bright idea into an all to common practice.

Two days later, a baggage claim employee calls Brian. He keyed in Brian's baggage tag number in the lost baggage database and his Samsonite was tracked sitting in Anchorage's lost baggage claim office. His Samsonite is then happily delivered to his door by expedited courier service.

Brian's case resembles hundreds of thousands of other misplaced baggage lost in the hussle and bussle of today's worldwide busy airports. While lost luggage cases seem to increase it is also true that this is the result of more and more people traveling. If your luggage is lost do not despair, very likely it will be tracked down within a week. Worse case scenario, pay a visit to Scottsboro's baggage center and buy your baggage contents back!

Kid's luggage won't get lost for sure!


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment
    • profile image

      Josh W.  

      9 years ago

      Great post. I lost my luggage twice last year, and I now use a luggage delivery service that sends my luggage ahead time. Sometimes it costs more to check and carry with an airline then to use a luggage delivery service. Which is kind of crazy when you think about it. The company I use now is MadTravelers, They have a fun and reliable brand and I enjoy my trips so much better now without lugging my bags to and from the airport.

    • alexadry profile imageAUTHOR

      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      10 years ago from USA

      Thank you! Yes, I went through it myself once, it feels so nice seeing your luggage again, I almost was emotional and wanted to hug it!

    • monitor profile image


      10 years ago from The world.

      A very entertaining read, alexadry. Lost luggage sure does go on an interesting adventure, doesn't it? Great hub!

      Your fan.


    • alexadry profile imageAUTHOR

      Adrienne Janet Farricelli 

      10 years ago from USA

      thanks hope it was helpful!

    • hassam profile image


      10 years ago from Pakistan

      nice hub there


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)