Insurers to Travelers: “Lost Laptop? Not Our Problem.”

If you’re flying out of Britain to the United States, you’ve got an 8 hour in-flight of dreary ennui ahead of you. Your laptops, your PDAs, your cellphones, your shiny PSP must all be left in check-in, to be flung about, searched and rooted through by an armada of anonymous baggage check monkeys.

It’s a bit worrying having such a wealth of valuable, fragile materials out of your care. And now, another worry: insurers have decided that none of these items will be covered by flight insurance, instead saying its the airline’s responsibility.

But it gets worse: under international rules, an airline is liable to pay a maximum of

850 in compensation for lost luggage. But that figure has largely been decided upon based upon the assumption that valuables will be kept in the cabin. Prepare to pay the price of someone else’s incompetence in the name of freedom.

Insurers refuse to coveriPods and phones in airline luggage [Times Online]


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  1. Pelagius says:

    Am I the only person in the universe who still reads books on planes
    any more? Until they take away my trashy paperbacks and NYT crossword
    book, I’m a happy camper.

  2. Triteon says:

    You’re not alone. Reading words on paper is a lost art.
    Why is it I can drop a package into any streetside FedEx or UPS box and it arrives at its destination at the prescribed time, but the airlines can lose luggage when you give it to them AT THE AIRPORT? (No, I’ve never had an overnight delivery lost.)

  3. pete says:

    Hmmm, looks like it’s time for me to open a chain of laptop rental shops and place them next to international airports.
    Any angel VCs out there listening?

  4. mschlock says:

    My favorite part of that article was “Take photographs of your valuables to prove you have them.”

    And then…put that camera right in your checked baggage, you ass!

  5. Mr. Gunn says:

    Don’t know where you’ve been, Pelagius, but they’re confiscating books and magazines, too.