It’s fair to say that airports and airlines aren’t the most organized and reliable right now.
With staff shortages and an influx of summer travellers, some of Canada’s major airports are experiencing baggage claim chaos, overrun with hundreds of lost and forgotten items.
It is so serious that an Air Canada traveler has still not recovered her lost luggage 15 days after the start of her vacation.
No luggage is safe, but all hope of smooth travel is not lost.
A flight attendant on TikTok says there’s one thing you can do to “ensure your checked bags aren’t lost on your next flight.”
CiCi, who has been a flight attendant for four years and shares travel tips on social media, urges passengers to purchase an Apple AirTag.
“Several people have used Apple AirTags to find their lost bags,” she explained in the video. “So just take one of these little guys and hide it in your checked baggage just in case.”
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CiCi cleverly calls it an “insurance policy”.
How it works?
For those unfamiliar with AirTag, it is a tracking device designed by Apple to act as a key finder, helping people find personal items like keys, wallet, vehicles and even luggages.
The small circular device automatically connects to your phone when activated. You can label the AirTag based on the item it tracks.
To locate your items, you use the Find My app, which you’re probably familiar with if you’re like me and misplace your phone all the time in your own home.
CiCi shows what the following looks like in her TikTok below. Using Bluetooth signals, the AirTag will show up on a map in the Find My app.
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A pack of AirTags costs around $40 on Apple’s site. Android users can use Tile, a device that also tracks personal items.
Does it really work?
Angus An was flying from Vancouver to Calgary to Amsterdam to Barcelona. With so many connecting flights, the risk of luggage being left behind is higher.
And that’s exactly what happened to An. He told Daily Hive that his luggage didn’t make the flight in the Calgary connection.
Fortunately, An had an AirTag in his luggage, so he was able to know his whereabouts even when there was no update from the airline.
“I knew he was on the next flight and was in Barcelona within 24 hours. But [the airline] was unable to locate it,” he said. “I used AirTag to find out where it was in the terminal and looked for it myself when no one was helping me.”
It was An’s first time using AirTag, and he’s glad it worked.
He recommends AirTag users to track their bags themselves and not rely too much on airport staff.
“Once it gets to the next flight, just go to the airport and pick it up on the carousel,” he explained. “If you leave it to the staff, you won’t see it for a very long time.”