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Airports And Tile
July 11, 2016

How to Find Lost Luggage in an Airport

Whether you’re shipping the whole family out for a big summer vacation, or you’re just jumping on a quick business trip, losing your luggage can really put a damper on your journey.

To help you gear up for your summer travels, we took a look at airport lost and found data and discovered some interesting stats. 

According to Tile usage, the average person loses or misplaces their luggage five times a year. It may not happen every trip, but it’s definitely frequent enough to warrant putting a Tile on your bag for some peace of mind.  


In 2016, 23.1 million bags were lost by airlines globally. The U.S Department of Transportation requires that airlines are liable for up to $3,400 for a lost, delayed or damaged bag. The DoT also reported that in 2013, 1.8 million bags were lost in America alone, meaning that lost luggage could cost the airline industry up to $6.12 billion a year.  


LAX is a hot spot for loss, in eight years, 4,546 bags were lost there, never to be found again. With the help of Tile, 1,218 lost items were located at LAX last year alone.  


6.5 out of every 1,000 travelers have their luggage lost by airlines, that’s about a 0.7% chance. This means that the majority of the time we lose our own stuff.  

The good news!  

In the time it takes you to read this sentence, you could have found your misplaced bag. The average time it takes someone to find their misplaced bag using Tile is just 14 seconds. So before you pack your swim trunks, make sure you pack your Tile. 


For more tips and trick on how to use Tile when you travel, check out this story. 

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