Doctor's Review: Medicine on the Move

January 17, 2022
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Airlines losing more luggage

The rate at which airlines around the world are losing travellers’ luggage is on the rise, a UK-based watchdog organization has found. In its report, “The Luggage Lottery,” issued last month, the Air Transport Users Council announced that an analysis of industry data showed that 42 million bags were either lost or delayed in 2007 — 40 percent more than were similarly mishandled in 2005.

Even worse, the group reported, the 2004 Montreal Convention, which called for travellers to be reimbursed fairly for lost or delayed luggage, has had little effect. “Of course,” said the group’s chairperson, Tina Tietjen, “of most benefit to passengers would be for airlines to mishandle fewer bags in the first place.” For now, the best advice? Carry-on.

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