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Some Interesting Lost Luggage Facts
In 2015, SITA estimated there were approximately 4.25 billion pieces of checked-in luggage world-wide.
Estimates are that 23 million pieces were mis-handled in 2015. 8 bags per 1,000 were mis-handled in Europe alone.
In the EU: Three million bags a year are estimated to be lost, according to the European Airline Association. A staggering one million are never returned to their rightful owners.
In Singapore, between 2010 and 2013, there were about 1,500 pieces of unclaimed baggage left at Changi Airport.
In the USA: In 2014 the US Travel Insurance Association estimate that approximately 3.5 million bags were delayed, lost or damaged for domestic airlines alone. In 2015, domestically, approximately 1.92 million lost luggage reports are filed by passengers when their bag has not arrived!
In the UK: A recent UK Post Office travel insurance survey found that 66% of people are reunited with their belongings in three days or less, 29% have to wait a week or more and 5% never get their bags back.
Q. What happens to unclaimed lost luggage? A. It goes to auction!
In America, nearly every airport has its own auction house! The Unclaimed Baggage Centre in Alabama receives 800,000 visitors per year and is, incredibly, the state’s biggest tourist attraction.
In the UK, Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stansted, Manchester and Glasgow Airports all use Auction Houses to sell unclaimed lost luggage.
In Australia, Sydney Airport holds an annual charity lost property auction when thousands of items go under the hammer – ln 2015 their auction raised more than $234,000 for charity.
In Germany, Frankfurt airport auctions off lost luggage after 3 months.
Amsterdam Netherlands Schiphol Airport – The auction-house “De Eland” in Diemen has hosted past lost baggage auctions. Every three months or so, all the lost and unclaimed baggage that Schiphol has collected gets sent to this one auction-house.