Travel insurance required for protection against lost luggage
17 March 2009 18:46
With airlines losing luggage from the world's airports at an alarming rate, travel insurance cover could be crucial for those seeking fair compensation.
According to the Air Transport Users Council (AUC), more than 42 million bags were mishandled around the globe in 2007; a staggering rise from the 30 million which were lost in 2005.
What's more, the AUC revealed in its Luggage Lottery report that it can be very difficult for passengers to seek redress from carriers in the event that their baggage is lost.
"On too many occasions passengers are not fairly compensated for lost luggage because they do not have receipts for the items that were in their bag," the association's chair, Tina Tietjen said.
With airlines "quick to load risk onto the passenger", many travellers may find that a claim on their holiday insurance is the only way they can attain compensation for their lost items.
Last month, a report in the Lancet medical journal suggested that the rate of mid-flight medical emergencies is rising, a factor which highlights the importance of travel insurance.