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Europe is the Worst When It Comes to Baggage Handling

June 25, 2014 at 9:39 AM | by | ()

We’ve all been there, and it’s not a fun time. The baggage carrousel goes around and around, and pretty soon you realize that your bag is delayed, missing, or something worse. Apparently this kind of situation is more of a problem over in Europe, as a new report indicates when it comes to baggage delays and mistakes things are worse there than they are here.

Things are actually three times worse in Europe when compared to the situation in the nifty fifty. According to the folks over at Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques—or just SITA to their friends—airlines over in Europe kind of screwed things up with around nine bags for every 1,000 passengers or so last year. Numbers in the United States were just over three bags per thousand travelers, and not surprisingly those awesome airports in Asia did the best—just under two bags per thousand flyers.

The reason isn’t exactly clear, but there are some hunches and suspicions as to why things are they way they are over in Europe. Things are a little more complicated with more transfers and more airlines, but airline operations—and all those strikes—probably play a part as well.

Of course you can always take things in into your own hands and just carry-on; however, we’ve all had situations where that’s just not going to cut it. In those situations just pray to the baggage gods, and possibly prepare some kind of offering? Even without your luggage you’re still traveling, so take a deep breath and enjoy.

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Archived Comments:

CDG is the worst

Everybody I know had at least one luggage nightmare at CDG (Destination, Transit or Departing). My Swiss and German friends swear not to transit by CDG and accepting up to 20% fare different for not transiting by CDG which could end up COSTLIER at the end.