US Airlines, in 2005, lost more bags than in any previous years since 1990. The US Department of Transportation reports a little more than 3.5 million bags misplaced by the airlines... which works out to about 10,000 a day in the US. That's a 23% jump in lost bags from 2004 to 2005.
Airlines blame an increased number of passengers, checking an increased number of bags; budget cuts, allowing for fewer employees to handle all those bags; and higher levels of security for checked bags than in previous years.
Delta Air Lines lost more bags than any other carrier... a total of 573,419... about 1,500 bags a day.
Southwest Airlines, Portland's second-largest carrier (second only to Alaska and Horizon when their operations are combined), saw one of the biggest increases... with 27% more lost bags. In today's edition of USA Today, Southwest blames kinks in new baggage systems in Las Vegas, Baltimore, and Phoenix.
How Some of Portland's Airlines Stack-Up:
Reports of Lost Baggage Per 1,000 Passengers
Read more at the Bureau of Transportation Statistics website.