Some travelers outside of Vancouver International Airport use the Apple AirTag, Samsung Galaxy SmartTag, Tile Pro, or other smart tracking device to locate their luggage as it moves around the world.
If you checked a bag on a recent flight and didn’t have a problem, consider yourself lucky.
Crowds of frustrated travelers have watched their luggage disappear for days, weeks and even months as airports around the world grapple with unprecedented congestion; some particularly unlucky travelers never see their luggage again.
For example, a man from Surrey, BC told Vancouver Is Awesome that he was “absolutely disgusted” after he was reunited with his bag more than a month after his Air Canada trip.
But the outraged air passenger isn’t the only local with a baggage horror story to tell.
A Vancouver woman wrote on Twitter that the airline she was flying with lost her luggage and has yet to retrieve it.
“Now a week later I’m trying to get home and my plane makes an unscheduled landing to change pilots only to find out the new pilots can’t really do it and I have to spend the night in Edmonton of all places.” , said. add.
Tanya from Burnaby wrote that her luggage was delayed for five days during a layover at Toronto’s Lester B. Pearson Airport (YYZ). She added that she nearly missed her connecting flight because disability assistance was delayed by more than an hour.
Ben from Vancouver also expressed his amazement at the baggage handling on a recent flight from Albania.
In a tweet, the local said: “The entire lower deck was a huge pile of luggage. EasyJet told us the bags never made it onto the plane. At least half the plane was missing luggage.”
A Vancouver resident who goes by the handle Betty Black on social media expressed great relief at receiving her luggage after visiting the airport a whopping six times in her attempt to locate it. She writes in a tweet that she went missing after WestJet put “the wrong luggage tag on [her] bag.”
A Langley resident wrote that he hasn’t seen his luggage in three days since it arrived at Vancouver International Airport (YVR).
Is there a way to keep track of your luggage on a flight?
Some travelers have been trying to get ahead of the problem by affixing non-traditional luggage tags to their bags to avoid losing them on their travels.
Whether you pick up an Apple AirTag, Samsung Galaxy SmartTag, Tile Pro, or other “smart” tracking device, you can locate your luggage from anywhere in the world.
According to Samsung, its SmartTag can even be used offline, with its Galaxy Find Network. It uses scanned data to find the bag privately.
“And it’s easy to scroll through the history of where the tag has been to track it. You can also use other devices you own to locate your items,” the company says.
Apple AirTag uses similar technology, allowing you to keep track of your belongings through its “Find My App” feature, which you can also use to locate your Apple devices.
Apple says that AirTag sends out a “secure Bluetooth signal that can be detected by nearby devices on the Find My network.” Devices send your AirTag’s location to iCloud, and you simply use the “Find My” app to see it on a map.
The AirTag can also be put into “Lost Mode”. If you put it in this mode, when it is detected by a device on the network, you will automatically receive a notification.
According to Morgan, from Vancouver, he was able to see that his luggage was at Dublin airport for two days through his AirTag.
“We have requested delayed luggage, tried to call you, the airport, everyone and no one answered. Please return it and stop ruining our honeymoon,” the frustrated traveler tweeted in an appeal to WestJet.
A Canadian woman also shared her story about using Apple’s smart tag to track her luggage between Saint John and Toronto.
Kelly Liang writes on TikTok that she was “trying two different tracking devices on my luggage.”
In a follow-up video, he said “Tile did its job” but “AirTag is a little more accurate than Tile.” While both “worked very well,” he preferred the latter because he “already had an Apple device.”
What can you do if the airport loses your bags or significantly delays them?
On July 6, the Canadian Transportation Agency (CTA) launched a new resource for travelers experiencing flight delays, cancellations and lost luggage.
The document outlines information about travelers’ rights and what they should do if their flight is delayed or cancelled, according to the Air Passenger Protection (APP) online document. It also provides information on steps to take if your baggage is lost, damaged or delayed.
But air passenger rights advocates say the CTA is not acting in the interests of passengers.
Ultimately, however, you may want to pack light. The best way to avoid losing your luggage on a long-haul flight is to take it with you. Obviously, this may not be possible in all circumstances, particularly if you must pack a smorgasbord of options for a multifaceted travel experience.
Find packing tips and other ways to keep your luggage safe in our comprehensive luggage guide.
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