When you walk into the Unclaimed Baggage Center in Scottsboro, Alabama you are met with lots and lots of clothing, an unbelievable amount of iPods, and books galore. Oddly enough, there aren’t that many suitcases. Go figure. While on a recent visit to the Unclaimed Baggage Center I was rather amazed to find that the suitcase section was even smaller than the large exercise equipment section. Perhaps by the time the Unclaimed Baggage Center receives the suitcase they are so banged up that they won’t sell them.
There are a few tricks, tips, hints and common sense steps to take in order to further ensure that your lost luggage does not wind up at the Unclaimed Baggage Center. On occasion, luggage gets lost in the whirlwind shuffle of the airport carousel because people don’t even recognize their own suitcases. One way to avoid this problem is to buy colorful luggage or decorate it in such a way that it is practically impossible not to spot it as it goes around. Another way that luggage gets lost is through human error associated with old labels left tied to the suitcase. Who is really at fault if you leave an old travel label on your luggage, you or the guy working for the airline who gets paid in a way what the top airline executives spend on their fitness club in day? Take those old travel labels off and save yourself the problem of trying to solve this conundrum.
Quit packing everything you own in one suitcase. An overstuffed suitcase can quite easily burst the latches and send your clothing and souvenirs all over the place. Where do you think all those iPods and Vera Wang dresses that are found at the Unclaimed Baggage Center come from? Fork over the extra bucks for an extra suitcase and make sure it is one with latches as resistant as Sarah Palin at a truth-telling convention.
Keep an eye on your baggage claim ticket. One of the biggest reasons for iPods, Vera Wang dresses, and even the autographed Michael Jordan poster I saw at the Unclaimed Baggage Center actually winding up at the Unclaimed Baggage Center is that people are careless with their baggage tickets. This is your life folks. Or at least that part of your life that can fit into a suitcase. Put those baggage claim tickets into a safe place and don’t forget them.
When everyone around you at the baggage carousel inside the airport is plucking their suitcase off with a smug look while you stand there as clueless as Karl Rove at a vegetable-only salad bar, you have to take action immediately. As soon as you realize your luggage has been lost, contact the appropriate office at the airport and fill out a lost luggage claim resort. This way when the luggage does finally show up, if it shows up, your name and address and the claim will be on file.
Follow the above advice sincerely and you will find that your luggage will return to its true owner and be careful from next time onwards as not many people have the good fortune of having their belongings unclaimed and are lost forever. So, before buying a kvaliteetne reisikohver, make sure that everything is safe beforehand and you don’t have to rely on customs all the tinme.