Bag Matching and Lost Bags
Every now and then, it seems like TSA can do something right. I’ll let you know. In the meantime, the New York Times tells us that “Frustration Grows at Carousel as More Baggage Goes Astray:”
The Transportation Department reported that 107,731 more fliers had their bags go missing in August than they did a year earlier, a 33 percent increase. It got worse in September, with 183,234 more passengers suffering mishandled bags than a year earlier, up 92 percent.
Globally, about 30 million bags are mishandled each year, according to SITA, a company that sells software to airlines and airports for baggage and other systems. Airlines spend about $2.5 billion to find those bags and deliver them to waiting, often angry, passengers.
So does that mean that they lost 350,000 bags in September?
Now, I never check bags if I have a stop-over, because if you check bags, there is no way they’ll allow you to hop onto a new flight. It’s a “security measure.” No, I take that back. Bag matching is a real security measure, designed to ensure that you’re on the same flight as your bag. The assumption is that there are more people willing to commit murder than suicide. But given that its an actual security measure, shouldn’t they not be letting 350,000 bags go astray every month?
Before you say it’s an economics issue, maybe they should assign those people making you take off your shoes and checking your ID to doing something useful.