Baggage getting lost often?
Replies: 26 - Last Post: Nov 9, 2012 4:21 AM Last Post By: Fieldgate
Nov 7, 2012 1:43 AM
Baggage getting lost often?Dear all,
I'm about to pack my things for my Nepal trip.
I wonder if it happens often that the baggage disappears or get delayed on the way to Kathmandu?
I worry as I'm going Stockholm Moscow New Delhi Kathmandu , and with two airlines.
And it is so difficult trying to compress everything down to cabin suitcase size. The rucksack just can't be pressed to 20 cm thick, when there's a sleeping bag and fluffy things inside.
Would be nice to hear how you have done with your baggage, hand baggage or checked it in.
Am getting rather nervous now;)
Nov 7, 2012 1:55 AM
1Yes – Checked in baggage sometimes does go astray – But usually you are reunited with it within a few days.
What to do to minimise the chances of this adversely affecting your trip
1) Make sure your travel insurance has adequate cover to compensate you if your checked in baggage is completely lost
2) Try and get all your essentials into your hand baggage (most of your trekking gear is less important as this can be hired or bought inexpensively in Nepal)
3) Wear your boots / trekking shoes for the journey
4) Use distinctive, easily identifiable checked in baggage
5) If changing airlines with reciprocal baggage handling agreement, double check with the check in staff at the gate that your checked in baggage has been loaded
6) If changing airlines without a reciprocal baggage handling agreement it is usually your responsibility to ensure that your checked in baggage is loaded on the aircraft – Transit Staff should be able to help with this but also double check with the check in staff at the gate that your checked in baggage has been loaded
Nov 7, 2012 2:35 AM
Ok that was good info.
I have now called the travel agency, and they said that when I check in at Arlanda Stockholm, they will tell me if the baggage will go all the way, or if I shall have to pick it up I Delhi and check it in again.
I took for granted that the travel agency would know this, but they don't. It's the airport who knows these things!
I'll try to find a bright pink suitcase and will put the rucksack in there.
I suppose it's the same for all of us. If the baggage disappears you will lose a few days waiting for it.
Nov 7, 2012 2:49 AM
3No Problem – Pleased to help
It might be worthwhile calling the airline that is taking you on the first leg of the journey yourself and asking them if they have a reciprocal baggage handling agreement with the second airline – This will at least give you some advanced notice.
Last time I transited through Delhi was before the new airport opened and it was a bit of a nightmare – However according to reports on here transits through the New Delhi airport are a lot smoother.
Nov 7, 2012 4:02 AM
4Good. That sounds promising, I've been worrying about Delhi.
I've sent an email to Aeroflot. Hope they will reply before I go.
It's a very good idea to ask the staff at the gate if they got my bag in the airplane or not. I find that very comforting actually. If its lost they can start looking for it much earlier. :-)
Nov 7, 2012 4:50 AM
I've transited through Delhi headed to and from Nepal - never had a problem - even with changing airlines....and that was heading to Kenya.
They usually make you self identify your baggage in Dehli before letting you out of the transit lounge - then you have to run to get your flight.....annoying but at least you see your bags.
I've been to Nepal many times also and never lost a bag yet....that's not to say it won't happen - but I travel there fairly regularly and it's always been easy.
Hope that helps you feel better :-)
Nov 7, 2012 5:30 AM
Nov 7, 2012 5:57 AM
7Problems with the luggage has decreased ijn the last 20 years due to computerization. However, I'm not sure Aeroflot really has a good reputation.
I once waited 6 days for my luggage in Kathmandu.
Nov 7, 2012 6:30 AM
8Yes I'm am also a bit scared of flying with Aeroflot.
But the ticket was cheap and there wasn't so much to chose from, as most flights from Stockholm to Kathmandu was via Moscow.
At least you get something to eat on the plane.. Hope it isn't borsjtj;)
You mean you lost your luggage when flying with Aeroflot? And waited for six days?
Would be dreadful having spent months preparing what to pack, and then lose it, and instead have to trek in the north face copies all over.
Nov 7, 2012 6:35 AM
Nov 7, 2012 6:39 AM
10No I was flying with PIA, not Aeroflot. The luggage had stayed at my stopover at Frankfort, Germany.
In all my travels, it happened maybe 10 times that my luggage did not arrive with me but in all other instances it arrived the next day or so. And as I wrote above these problems have seriously decreased.
Nov 7, 2012 6:48 AM
Nov 7, 2012 7:06 AM
Nov 7, 2012 11:04 AM
Worth checking the hand luggage allowance is as generous on the flight from Delhi o KM too. I wonder if it was misspetal's thread and my response that was responsible for your concerns; if so and to try and make amends: remember that the vast majority of people don't have any problems at all.
Best of luck
Nov 7, 2012 11:28 AM
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