Travel expert says luggage can cause more problems on flights

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Travel plans to Europe or Asia after years of COVID-19 restrictions, changing ticket prices and shortages of airline employees may be just as difficult to manage in 2022 as they were. were in 2020.

WTOP’s Michelle Basch spoke with CBS News editor Peter Greenberg about the travel issues he saw firsthand.

Travel plans to Europe or Asia after years of COVID-19 restrictions, changing ticket prices and shortages of airline employees may be just as difficult to manage in 2022 as they were. were in 2020.

Growing queues, flight cancellations, stories of lost luggage and more have had a significant impact on traffic even as travel requirements have diminished.



WTOP’s Michelle Basch spoke with CBS News editor Peter Greenberg about what airplane pilots can do to get through tough times in the skies.

Greenberg told OMCP that while airfares are falling as expected — some deals are expected in the coming weeks — those visiting parts of Europe or Asia should think about their luggage and to the probability of getting stuck.

“I just got back from Europe, and it’s a mess. It’s chaotic and it’s not going to get better anytime soon,” he said.

Those traveling to Europe risk losing their luggage as airlines stop selling tickets for short and long-haul flights. Some like KLM Royal Dutch Airline don’t allow any baggage, he said.

“So right now the best thing to do is to go away in the summer, at least for European flights, and leave after September 30,” Greenberg said.

He added that those trying to keep track of their luggage might be tempted to purchase air tags or similar tracking devices for their suitcase. However, these might be less effective than a buyer might expect – some trackers are only effective near Wi-Fi and others require specific types of devices.

Instead, Greenberg suggested a two-part solution that’s much less expensive, if someone can read your handwriting.

“The thing that’s always foolproof for me is (to) open your suitcase, get a piece of heavy-duty tape and a permanent marker and write inside your bag your name, mobile number and address. email,” he said. . “If the bag’s outer label is torn off, they will have no idea who the bag belongs to.”

Michelle Basch of WTOP contributed to this report.

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