Such is the magnitude of the problem that travelers were advised this week by the Association of European Airlines, which includes the major national carriers, to avoid checking bags altogether if possible and to take carry-on luggage instead.
The association released figures showing that an average of 10 passengers per flight lost bags between April and June. British Airways was cited as the worst among Europe's major airlines, and is on track to lose a record 1.3 million bags this year.
So...being the good husband that I am, I searched for luggage shipping services to ensure my wife does not lose all her clothes on the way to or from Naples. One, LuggageForward.com offers door-to-door delivery service. I expect my wife to take one medium bag. The fare? $527.
Yeah. So I went to LuggageFree.com. $600. 5-day service. FirstLuggage.com? $524.
Her ticket cost us $630. So, we're going to live on the edge, I think, and check her bags.