You arrive at your destination after a long-haul flight only to realise one or several of your possesions—jewellery, perfumes or even a laptop—is not in your checked bag. Have they been stolen? Do things even get stolen from checked luggage?
A social media influencer from Dubai, Tala Samman, also known as myfashdiary on Instagram went through something similar after she had items stolen from her checked luggage on an Emirates flight from JFK to Dubai.
After filing a complaint with the airline and waiting for almost a week…to no avail, Emirates refused to take responsibility for the theft.
She went on a rant against Emirates on her Instagram story
As soon as her story went live, several people chimed in with a similar experience.
This definitely confirms that our checked luggage is NOT as safe as we’d like to think.
In fact, according to a CNN report, as many as 30,621 claims of luggage theft were seen by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) between 2010 to 2014.
In several cases, TSA officers themselves were responsible for stealing from travellers and then selling those stolen items on eBay…making this a fairly regular occurence.
What can you do when items from your luggage get stolen?
Sadly, not much!
Your airline won’t take responsibilty unless your bag is entirely lost or damaged.
A cursory look at the Emirates website shows that there is no seperate landing page for when items from your bags are missing.
The process with the TSA when you lose items from your checked bag is rather tedius and often results in no compensation. You have to file a police complaint, and then a claim with both the TSA as well as your airline.
How to ensure you’re not the victim of stolen luggage
It’s always better to carry all the valuable items in your carry-on bag, and not let that bag out of sight.
Also it pays to have travel insurance at all times.