Recently, we took a look at the things that travelers most hate about flying. Unsurprisingly, one of the most-hated things about flying proved to be airlines that misplace your baggage. True enough, there is nothing more frustrating than arriving at your destination only to discover that you have exactly nothing of the things you packed to bring with you.
With this in mind, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at which carriers are the worst when it comes to keeping track of their passenger’s luggage. We thought we’d see a lot of no-name carriers at the top of the charts, but we were surprised. Some of the most well known airlines in the world are also some of the most notorious when it comes to misplacing bags. What to find out who they are? Let’s take a look.
1. United Airlines
According to statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Transportation, United loses about 2 bags per every 1,000 passengers.
This may be a small regional airline, but they’re big on losing luggage. In fact, they lose roughly 1,000 bags every month!
3. Delta Airlines
In 2015, Delta took on about 22,938 reports for lost luggage, a figure that equates to 62 reports per day…
Compared to others on this list, JetBlue’s 4,900 lost luggage claims per year is pretty low… But, it’s still not good!
5. Alaska Airlines
Believe it or not, Alaska Airlines is actually one of the worst U.S. carriers at keeping track of your luggage. Be careful!
6. Southwest Airlines
In 2014 alone, Southwest Airlines managed to lose nearly 330,000 pieces of luggage. You are now free to wonder where your stuff is!
7. Spirit Airlines
Between the beginning of 2016 and March of 2016, Spirit Airlines managed to lose track of 3,815 bags.
8. Sky West Airlines
Although they’ve gotten better in recent years, Sky West still manages to lose about 1,000 bags every month.
Even though it’s a smaller carrier, Frontier manages to hang with the big boys by having to process roughly 1,000 lost baggage claims per month.
10. Virgin America
This is one airline that knows how to do things right. They typically process less than 1,000 lost baggage claims per year – less than what most of the airlines on this list process per month.
11. Hawaiian Airlines
This is one of the better airlines on the list, but still… Processing around 750 lost baggage claims per month isn’t that good.
12. American Airlines
As recently as 2014, American Airlines managed to misplace nearly 159,000 pieces of luggage, down from around 205,000 the year before.