Tips to Keep Your Luggage Safe

Airlines lose millions of bags every year; here's how to make sure yours isn't one of them.
2:26 | 08/07/13

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Craig Duff was traveling to beautiful Cancun Mexico to go swimming with the whale sharks but before he appeared in this amazing video. His airline lost -- backs he had a wasted day finding new gear and he it paid one of those ten dollar baggage fees. I was certain. Voters turned -- it went to you -- which are. -- Chicago we -- Aaron -- it's wearing the suit he bought after American Airlines lost his backs. He's even a frequent flier -- bad is supposed to get special attention. But somehow the airlines have lost this bright red bag four times since. You're under time pressure it's really difficult situation. Nearly 23 million checked bags are lost every year and domestic airlines could lose an estimated 637000. -- this summer alone. So if you're worried about losing your backs this summer when you're flying here's the best advice. First -- the best time to check the back our expert says bags are more likely to get lost when their checked into late all are too early. You don't -- your back sitting around. The sweet spot for checking your -- is between one hour and eighteen minutes before your flight takes off -- when he gave the airline and not time to get -- back to the aircraft. -- don't wanna give them so much time to get back get set aside. And for -- out. If you can get your back through security and check -- at the gate even better it makes it all on the plane and gets off the plane first. If your bag is lost you can do what I did last week when I was traveling to Vermont -- my -- was sent to Los Angeles make a rockets on social media. The airlines walks and delta for example has a Twitter handle where a team of operators can help. It's also a good idea to keep all receipts for new clothes and other expenses for when you ask the airline to compensate you for your troubles. Another option is this gadget that you slip into your luggage this palm size device will tell you. Where your bags of -- It sent -- these emails marking its journey through the air to my office it's fifty bucks and if you travel a lot it may be worth it. When you landed even sends you text messages saying if it landed two or got re routed to Cleveland. -- -- on the ABC news Atlanta.

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