Traveler Gets Luggage Back From Airport’s Lost & Found 20 Years After Plane Trip

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We’ve all been there — the airline has lost your luggage and it’s probably never going to show up again. But maybe if you wait 20 years, your missing property will find its way back to you. [More]

Pack For Holiday Travel Like A Boss

If you’re planning to fly during next week’s holiday travel frenzy, don’t risk overpacking or a baggage disaster. Even if you’re just taking a short car ride, these tips on suitcase packing and organization from Consumer Reports will come in handy. Always key: bring as few items as possible, color-coordinate them, and don’t bring any toiletries you don’t have to. [Consumer Reports]

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Forget To Join Your 30 Cocaine-Filled Suitcases On A Flight To Paris? Police Would Like A Word

Usually the problem is your bags get lost between here and there, but in the case of 30 suitcases filled with cocaine, the bags made it just fine — it was the fact that they weren’t assigned to any passengers on an Air France flight that tipped authorities off. There’s just something fishy about ownerless bags, you see. [More]

U.S. Airways May Make You Check Your Bag Even If The Plane Isn't Full

U.S. Airways May Make You Check Your Bag Even If The Plane Isn't Full

Consumerist reader Andrew was recently boarding a U.S. Airways flight out of Newark when he noticed that airline staffers were forcing people to gate-check their bags even though fewer than 1/3 of the passengers had actually gotten on the plane. [More]

Pack A Suit Coat Without Wrinkles

Pack A Suit Coat Without Wrinkles

Here’s how to perform that heretofore impossible trick of packing a suit coat without a garment bag or putting up with wrinkles. This soundless video shows how you turn the coat inside out and perform the necessary suit origami so you can pack light and not look like a schlump. Just pay more attention to the moves than to the actor’s shirt. [More]

Delta Fined $100,000 For Lying To Passengers About Lost Luggage Liability

Delta Fined $100,000 For Lying To Passengers About Lost Luggage Liability

According to federal regulations, airlines “shall not limit its liability for provable direct or consequential damages” to less than $3,300 per passenger. Someone should have told that to Delta, which was recently slapped with a $100,000 fine by the Dept. of Transportation for distributing pamphlets telling customers something very different. [More]

Southwest Damages Suitcase, Not As Awesome As Everyone Claims

Southwest Damages Suitcase, Not As Awesome As Everyone Claims

Sure, you don’t have to pay to check your luggage on Southwest. Tara tells Consumerist that after her new suitcase was stained and broken while in Southwest’s hands, and she’d rather pay to check a bag that survives the trip intact. The airline says it’s their policy not to repair or replace suitcases damaged in transit. They’ve offered her a $100 voucher for future flights. Tara, who tried Southwest based on positive comments from Consumerist readers, isn’t interested in flying with them again. [More]

How Do Airlines Compare On Fees?

How Do Airlines Compare On Fees?

It’s hard to keep track of all the extra fees airlines have invented to pad a ticket purchase, especially since they keep introducing new ones; USA TODAY says revenue from added fees have jumped nearly 16% from a year ago. The newspaper reviewed fees from 13 airlines in the U.S. and compiled this handy reference chart of current fee schedules, to make comparison shopping a little bit easier. As expected, Southwest continues to be one of the best values. [More]

An Insider's Look At A Four Hour United Express Delay

An Insider's Look At A Four Hour United Express Delay

If there was something that could delay United Airlines flight 1488 from Washington to Philadelphia, then it happened, writes our tipster dev. Although originally meant to be a short one hour flight, the delays stretched to over three hours. Dev writes that most of the delays were caused by the pre-flight crew: “Those of us in the front of the aircraft could hear the Trans States Airlines crew griping over the fact that the ground crew, another contract outfit (this group from Air Wisconsin Airlines Corporation), did not do their pre-flight prep work on the plane properly.” [More]

Know How Much Your Bag Weighs Before Flying

Know How Much Your Bag Weighs Before Flying

Delta tried to charge “Frustrated Traveler” an illegitimate bag fee yesterday by claiming it was over the weight limit. He knew, however, that unless the bag had been eating tubs of frosting throughout the flight, it was still the same 47 pounds it was when he weighed it himself before boarding. [More]

Spirit Starts Charging Up To $45 For Carry-On Bags

Spirit Starts Charging Up To $45 For Carry-On Bags

Prepare to shift that carry-on bag to your other hand as you reach for your wallet because today is the day Spirit rolls out their new fee for carry-on bags. Billed as an ostensible solution to gate delays, the worst problem you never experienced, the fee ranges from $20 to $45. [More]

I'm Watching Continental Let My Bags Get Soaked, Will I Be Compensated?

I'm Watching Continental Let My Bags Get Soaked, Will I Be Compensated?

Reader Ken is sitting on a plane right now watching his bags get soaked. He’s wondering if he’ll be able to get compensation for the water damage. [More]

United Gate Bag Template 1" Shorter Than Check-In's, Makes You Gate Check Bag

United Gate Bag Template 1" Shorter Than Check-In's, Makes You Gate Check Bag

He thought he was golden but radio host Todd Schnitt had to check his carry-on unexpectedly because the baggage check template at the gate was one inch shorter than the one at check-in. [More]

VIDEO: How To Pack For A Weekend Beach Getaway

VIDEO: How To Pack For A Weekend Beach Getaway

In case you hadn’t notice, the summer vacation season is upon us. And even if people don’t have the cash to rent a beach house for a full week, plenty of folks are still going off for weekends on the water. And in the interest of keeping your luggage to a minimum, the editors at Lucky Magazine had put together a handy, perhaps even dandy, guide for how to get everything you need in one bag. [More]

Delta Smashed My Bike And Won't Refund The Baggage Fee

Delta Smashed My Bike And Won't Refund The Baggage Fee

This guy is trying to raise money to build dams in Africa by doing 20 half Ironman races. Consequently, he has to travel with his bike a lot. He says that during a recent trip back from Hawaii Delta smashed his bike and won’t even refund the $200 fee he paid them to transport it. This makes him sad. [More]

Delta Leaves Man On Two Week Business Trip Without Work Clothes

Delta Leaves Man On Two Week Business Trip Without Work Clothes

Bryan is stuck in San Francisco for two weeks on a business trip without his business clothes, which is what Delta loses when it doesn’t have a dog nearby. [More]

Unevenly Packed Bags Results In $1500 Delta Disaster

Unevenly Packed Bags Results In $1500 Delta Disaster

Reader Ariel writes in after Delta refused to let her check her bags curbside because one was 5lbs too heavy, despite the fact that her other one 10lbs under. She says she was told it was Delta’s policy that she couldn’t move 5lbs of her crap to the other bag. This set off a chain of events that cost her $1500. [More]

JetBlue Charges You $105 For Extra Bags Unless You Produce Your Toddler For Inspection

JetBlue Charges You $105 For Extra Bags Unless You Produce Your Toddler For Inspection

This story has a happy ending, but its still somewhat baffling. Reader S. recently flew JetBlue with his wife and three small children. They had 4 tickets and 3 bags to check. JetBlue allows one checked bag per ticket. So, there should be no fees, right? Here’s where it gets complicated: S’s wife went through security with the children while he checked the bags. The agent said that despite the fact that he was traveling in a party of 4, the baggage agent had to personally see the family, toddler and all, or S. had to pay $105 in extra fees. [More]