BRUSSELS, July 28 The European Union executive
is considering overhauling European rules on luggage lost by
airlines, EU Transport Commissioner Antonio Tajani said on
"Almost 90,000 bags are lost every day in the world and in
Europe this represents 10,000 mislaid bags per day," Tajani told
reporters. "The figures are incredibly serious."
"It's not just something extremely unpleasant for the
passengers, but also represents a considerable cost for the
airlines," he said.
Passengers who are affected often struggle to be reimbursed
up to the maximum of about 1,100 euros ($1,570), the European
Commission said in a statement.
The Commission will study the problem further and present
plans in 2010 on how to deal with it. Its action will depend on
Tajani cited figures from the Association of European
Airlines indicating that losses last winter were 13 pieces of
luggage per 1,000 passengers, lower than the preceding winter's
figure of 15.5 per 1,000 passengers.
In the first nine months of 2008 4.6 million bags were
delayed at airports in the 27-nation EU.
"There is crime involved, but it is probably not the main
element," he added. "There is no one single cause. There can be
a lack of diligence."
(Reporting by Pete Harrison; Editing by Greg Mahlich)