The full year 2012 baggage stats are out from the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the airlines had a good year. That doesn’t mean there weren’t a lot of delayed, lost, and damaged bags out there. It just means there were less than in previous years. For that reason, I’m teaming up with Briggs & Riley to help those who may have had a bag put through the ringer. Read on to see how you can get a free carry-on bag.
But first, let’s talk about the numbers. In 2012, there were 3.09 reports per 1,000 passengers. This is a bad way to measure baggage problems, but it’s still an improvement over 2011′s 3.35 reports per 1,000 passengers. That may not sound like much, but then again, think about how many people flew. The DOT reported 574 million passengers. That translates into just over 1.7 million bag reports for the year.
Most of these are just bags that are delayed or come in on a different flight. Some are gone for good. But a few are bound to be roughed up pretty badly. Click to see a slideshow from Briggs & Riley of some of the ugliest bag damage out there. Here’s my favorite:
So now it’s your turn. In the comments on this post, tell us your worst damaged bag story. It doesn’t even have to be from 2012. The worst damaged bag story (as determined solely by me) will get a free carry-on bag from Briggs & Riley. Seriously, just take your pick of any of the carry-ons on the website. Deadline is Sunday night at 11:59pm PT (more details below).
With a Briggs & Riley bag, you won’t have to worry about damage at all. That’s because Briggs & Riley has a lifetime guarantee. If your bag is damaged (excluding cosmetic wear and cleaning), the company will fix it for free forever. All you have to do is take it into a service center or pay the cost of sending your bag in.
So read the details below and then let’s hear your worst.
Details: Entries must be made via the comments section by 11:59pm Pacific Time on Sunday, February 17. You must include your contact email in the “Email” field when you leave a comment. If you win, you will be contacted only via that email address within a week of the end of the contest. You will have one week from when the email is sent to claim your bag. Email addresses entered in the “Email” field will not be publicly visible on the website. Email addresses will not be used for any other purpose than to notify about winning.
[Disclaimer: I am not receiving any compensation for this. I was approached about giving away a bag to a reader, and thought you guys might like it. Besides, it's a bonus Wednesday post!]
[Original photo via BBC]