These are the 10 airlines rated most likely to lose or damage your luggage

STATEN ISLAND, NY — Traveling can be a stressful experience, especially when you lose your luggage.

As more and more Americans return to air travel, with the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic finally starting to wane, making sure you select the right airline plays a crucial role in ensuring a smooth trip.

With that in mind, data journalism website Stacker sought to discover which airlines are most likely to lose or damage your luggage during a flight.

“By now, the most experienced travelers have mastered the age-old trick of carrying the necessities, including a change of clothes or two, in their carry-on, just in case they find themselves in this trip-ruining predicament,” wrote Madison Troyer or Stacker. “But there’s another way to avoid dealing with the lost baggage headache —knowing which airlines are most likely to mishandle your luggage and understanding their lost and damaged baggage policies just in case.”

Researchers analyzed October data from the US Department of Transportation’s 2021 Air Travel Consumer Report and listed the 10 airlines that mishandled the most bags per every 1,000 bags handled.

Here’s a look at the top 10 airlines that are most likely to lose or damage your luggage, according to the data.

1) American Airlines

Number of mishandled bags per thousand: 7.94

43,035 bags lost or damaged out of 5,417,841 total bags handled

2) Envoy Air

Number of mishandled bags per thousand: 7.71

6,401 bags lost or damaged out of 829,856 total bags handled

3) Alaska Airlines

Number of mishandled bags per thousand: 6.07

8,682 bags lost or damaged out of 1,430,197 total bags handled

4) Delta Airlines

Number of mishandled bags per thousand: 5.95

33,967 bags lost or damaged out of 5,705,942 total bags handled

5) Mesa Airlines

Number of mishandled bags per thousand: 5.93

3,676 bags lost or damaged out of 619,525 total bags handled

6) Republic Airways

Number of mishandled bags per thousand: 5.40

4,726 bags lost or damaged out of 874,948 total bags handled

7) Endeavor Air

Number of mishandled bags per thousand: 4.82

4,860 bags lost or damaged out of 1,007,850 total bags handled

8) PSA Airlines

Number of mishandled bags per thousand: 4.78

5,403 bags lost or damaged out of 1,130.847 total bags handled

9) Southwest Airlines

Number of mishandled bags per thousand: 4.62

41,245 bags lost or damaged out of 8,917,967 total bags handled

10) Skywest Airlines

Number of mishandled bags per thousand: 4.51

11,191 bags lost or damaged out of 2,481,721 total bags handled

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