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Which airlines lose your luggage the most?

Which airlines lose your luggage the most?
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Is there anything more frustrating and vacation-wrecking than landing at your destination and learning your luggage didn't make the trip? Especially if you packed for different weather or a fancy occasion, losing your luggage can be the worst.

The U.S. Department of Transportation tracks the number of mishandled bags, and that doesn't just mean the ones that never show up again. It also includes "lost, damaged, delayed or pilfered baggage."

It turns out some airlines lose track of your bags more often than others. Check out this list of the best and worst airlines when it comes to mishandled luggage. I think you'll be surprised.

This chart shows only luggage that's been lost on domestic U.S. flights, not just the stuff that's been mishandled.

luggage chart

Envoy Air, previously known as American Eagle, is the worst offender with mishandled bags. For every 1,000 passengers that board the plane, about nine bags go missing.

Southwest, American, United Airlines and US Airways are in the middle of the chart with about 4-5 bags that are mishandled for every 1,000 passengers.

Was it as bad as you thought? Let me know in the comments below!

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