It’s becoming more and more common for the average air traveler to be faced with lost or damaged baggage, so many are packing what they can into their carry-on or finding an alternative solution. When it comes to airline complaints, baggage issues are number three on the list – not far behind quality of service and flight disruptions. And it’s no wonder – when you see the number of bags that are misplaced every year.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation – American airlines lose an average of about 10,000 bags a day. In the U.K. – at least 10 passengers per flight lost checked baggage this summer.

Airlines here in Canada aren’t required to report incidents of lost or damaged baggage so we don’t have exact numbers. But according to the Canadian Transportation Agency the number of complaints is actually down slightly from last year – so that’s one bright spot.

Just the thought, though, that your checked bags might not make it to their final destination has many frequent fliers even casual tourists… trying to take as much onboard as possible.

But Air Canada is actually planning to start cracking down on carry-ons this fall. That means that baby stroller or car seat you’re bringing along will count for one of the two carry-on pieces you’re allowed. And don’t forget there are size restrictions – which you can get from your airline.

Your other option is to use a specialized transportation company. It’s a concept that’s popped up in the last few years as passengers get more frustrated with the airlines.

These are companies that will ship your bags… whether it be golf clubs, skis, suitcases or boxes… to your destination. Once you arrive, your luggage is delivered. It’s not cheap though.

A company like Luggage Free ( charges seven dollars a pound plus a $50 handling fee.

An expensive alternative – but one that might peak your interest if you’ve got some precious cargo that has to make it on time.

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