Just following the announcement of the 2010 Air Transport Industry Baggage Report, Flight Centre has urged Australian holidaymakers to make sure that they have the right kind of travel insurance to fit their needs. This baggage report showed that one in every 100 passengers globally at a major airport will experience the sinking feeling of waiting at an empty carousel for luggage.
Fligth Centre found the 25 million mishandled bags, about half of them went astray between transfer. 16 percent of them were not loaded onto flights. Another 13 percent of them went missing because of passenger bag switching, poor ticketing and failed security.
Colin Bowman from Flight Centre said that it is very vital for people to check their travel insurance policy. Most people do not factor in the possibility of having to replace all their clothes into their travel budget. Most of them assume that it will not happen to them. However, these figures give a strong indication that people should ensure they are covered.
Mr Bowman went on to say that there are more people flying globally now than ever before. Many airlines are sharing international routes. For example, a traveler may fly with two airlines on one trip. Thus, it is rally not worth taking a risk.
He finished up by saying that it was important to keep in mind that some airlines do not compensate their passengers for lost, damage or stolen bags. Even if they do, it takes time for the reimbursement to come in. It is not something that happens right away, and Australian tourists need to remember that.