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Don't get on a plane without the flight information in this Howcast series about air travel, which helps you make the most of your time in the sky.
You Will Need
- Your luggage
- Ribbons, stickers, or colorful tape
Fly on a weekend
Pick a weekend flight. Because fewer people fly on weekends, baggage handlers aren’t so frazzled and are less likely to make mistakes.
Avoid connections. Having a layover almost doubles the odds your luggage gets lost. And in a tight connection, your bags may not follow you to the plane.
Remove old tags
Remove anything that might confuse automatic bag screening machines, like pieces of old luggage tags from previous trips.
Personalize your bag
Jazz things up a bit! Put a big ribbon, stickers, or tape on your bag—anything to personalize it. Thousands of people unknowingly walk off with the wrong bag.
Check in early
Check in early. Most lost luggage is checked within 30 minutes of takeoff. It also takes longer for a bag to get to the plane than for you to get to the gate.
Check the airport code
Ask for the code of the airport you’re flying to, then compare it to the tag they put on your bag. Most lost luggage is incorrectly tagged.