Travel expert says baggage may cause more problems on flights

Navigating travel plans to Europe or Asia after years of COVID-19 restrictions, changing ticket prices and a shortage of airline staff could be just as challenging in 2022 as it was in 2020.

WTOP’s Michelle Bash spoke with CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg about travel issues he’s seen himself.

Navigating travel plans to Europe or Asia after years of COVID-19 restrictions, changing ticket prices and a shortage of airline staff could be just as challenging in 2022 as it was in 2020.

Increasingly long lines, flight cancellations, stories of baggage loss and more have had a major impact on traffic even as travel requirements dwindle.



WTOP’s Michelle Bach spoke with CBS News travel editor Peter Greenberg about what jetliners can do to navigate tough times in the skies.

Greenberg told WTOP that while airfares are dropping as expected – some deals are expected in the coming weeks – those visiting parts of Europe or Asia should think about their luggage and the possibility of getting stuck.

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

Travelers to Europe may end up losing their bags as airlines stop selling tickets for short and long-haul flights. He said some like KLM don’t allow any bags at all.

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

He added that those trying to track their luggage may be tempted to buy air tickets or similar tracking devices for their condition. However, these may be less effective than a buyer might expect – some trackers are only effective near Wi-Fi and others require certain types of hardware.

Instead, Greenberg suggested a two-component solution that would be much less expensive, if someone could read your handwriting.

“The sure thing always for me is () open your bag, get a piece of really strong duct tape and a permanent marker, and write on the inside of your bag your name, mobile number, and email address,” he said. . “If the label on the outer bag was taken off, they would have no idea who the bag belonged to.”

WTOP’s Michelle Bach contributed to this report.

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