Airlines auction off your luggage

In one out of every 3,000 cases, lost luggage never makes it back to its owner. A recent BBC article gives an inside view on the topic of airlines auctioning off your luggage.

“Airlines actively look for the owners for up to 100 days. After that, the bag is considered to be lost,” says Nick Gates, director of SITA, an air transport communications company that

is owned by the industry.

“By then, the airline has done everything it can. It may be because there is no label or anything in the bag that can identify the owner. What happens to the bag depends on the country. In some countries, the luggage gets destroyed. In the UK, the airlines tend to send them to auction.”

Read the full article online here.