Which Airline Might Lose Your Luggage?

Airlines have lost our luggage a couple of times, and the bags showed up a few inconvenient days later. You just don’t want that to happen.

That’s why it seemed like good news when the August 2017 U.S. Department of Transportation report found the number of bags lost by the the 12 major U.S. airlines decreased during the first six months of the year, compared to the same time last year.

Airlines still lose or “mishandle” bags, to use the industry term.  In the first six months of 2017, travelers reported 806,705 bags lost compared to 817,111 in 2016.  That’s a small improvement, but still an improvement.

So which airlines lose luggage most frequently? The data group Statista put together this infographic based on the report by DOT and “the rate of mishandled bags per 1,000 passenger reports” by airline.

Although ExpressJet leads the pack here in the report and the chart, the DOT found that its losses went down, as did those of Delta, United, Spirit and American.

Infographic: Which U.S. Airlines Are Most Likely To Lose Your Luggage?  | Statista 

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Barbara Nevins Taylor

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