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The most obvious are in the children’s sections. A favorite doll or stuffed animal dragged lovingly around on a family vacation has vanished into oblivion. A bedtime storybook, ritually reread so often the exhausted Mom recites it in her own sleep, is just gone.

But even if a shopper overlooks the small sorrow of a child’s tiny loss, almost everyone who has sufficient consciousness not to buy someone else’s Jockey briefs will pause a moment in front of the lost wedding dress display.

Did the bride lose it on her way to the wedding? When the baggage carousel finally stopped turning and the last piece of luggage was trolleyed off, was she standing there alone? Did the luggage agent assure her it would arrive on the next plane? Did he tell her, “Worst case, honey, it’ll be here tomorrow, never you mind?”

But it wasn’t there on the next plane, and it wasn’t there tomorrow.

And as any visitor to The Unclaimed Baggage Center could have told her, the “worst case” is very much worse than that.

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jnojr May 13, 2013 @ 9:28 a.m.

"an overlooked F16 fighter jet guidance system, which was returned to the U.S. Navy"

Why would a part for an Air Force fighter be sent to the Navy???

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tomjohnston May 13, 2013 @ 9:57 a.m.

The Navy used/used them at TOPGUN as part of the aggressor force.

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jnojr May 13, 2013 @ 9:33 a.m.

I always check my bag at the ticketing counter. Don't hand it to someone else and trust that they'll get it to the right place... let the ticket people print out the correct tag, put it on your bag(s), and send everything on. Always remove all old tags and stickers.

Further, always leave a card or something with your name, address, phone number, and email in the bag. When going from home to a destination, include something clearly marked as info about your destination... what hotel(s), the dates you'll be there, etc. Get rid of that when returning home to avoid confusion.

Cameras... take a picture of the piece of paper with your info, then view it and see if the info can be read from the viewfinder.

Airlines really go to lengths to keep bags going where they're supposed to, but stuff happens. And when it does, they work hard to identify owners and get them their bags ASAP. They'll drive stuff out to you, or Fed-Ex it, or whatever. But if they have zero information to go on, it isn't their fault if your stuff disappears forever. Help them to help you!

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SDJill May 13, 2013 @ 10:09 a.m.

Be careful with carry-ons too. Since airlines are charging for checked bags, more people are using carry-ons only. This results in the airlines having too many carry-ons to fit on the plane. The airlines then try to force you to give them your carry-on as well. DON'T. Chances are you have items in your carry on that you need. If at all possible place your important items in the additional item (purse, briefcase,etc) that fits under the seat. If flying with a companion, places the most important items in one carry on that you not willing to give up. If you have needed medications, tell the airlines, you won't be placing them under the plane.

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M SCHRADER May 17, 2013 @ 4:48 p.m.

My luggage has gone on better vacations than me. San Diego to Sioux Falls SD. - Luggage went to Puerto Rico for a week. San Diego to Honolulu - luggage went on a Hawaiian 1 week cruise. San Diego to Guaymas Mexico - I have no idea where my suitcase went but only half of my belongings inside the bag arrived 3 days later. Someone got a nice camera and vacation clothes

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