Most of us have seen the video clip Delta put out last year of “your” bag’s trip through the Delta system on it’s way to wherever you are flying.
Overall our airline does a very good job of getting the millions upon millions of bags to their destinations. And most of the other major airlines have much worse track records per passenger of completion numbers. Even when delayed, a majority of the time you will see your bag back inside 24 hrs after landing (I know there are horror stories of not getting your bag for days)!
And another big shout-out to our airline’s phone app. I have put in my numbers for my bags in the past for fun and the app does a great job of tracking our bags. They have even added a bar code scanner feature so you don’t even have to type in the numbers!
But back to the title of today’s post. What happens if you have say, either intentionally or unintentionally, a long layover and there is a flight that goes to where you are going before you. Many times Delta will “toss” your luggage on the early flight and your bag goes without you. Then, as I did, you will get notice via robo-call, the phone app and e-mail if you have entered all these contacts in at Delta.com
Here is my point. Sometimes, like happened to me in PHL recently, your bags will just be placed next to the luggage carousel with all the others who got there before you as well. What is so bad about that? There is no one ever checking when you leave a US airport that the bag you have is your bag! Even when Lisa went over to get my golf clubs, they were laying outside the baggage office and the attendant behind the desk in the office just waved when she grabbed my clubs. She could have been anyone!
Bottom line, never check anything you could never live without. And then, be sure you also keep your hands on the “stuff” you take with you carry-on as well! – Rene