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£212 million of luggage lost a year

Over one in five fliers find that when they reach their destination, their bag has not arrived with them, costing the British public £212 million per year to replace lost bags.For 21 per cent of those whose baggage went missing, the bill for replacing the lost items cost them in excess of £100, according to research from only that but four per cent of travellers had lost cash or travellers cheques that they had stowed in their suitcases."Holidaymakers appear to face increasing stress when jetting off for their well-earned breaks," said Craig Staniland, director of underwriting at Swiftcover. "As well as the perennial problems of delays and hotel room bookings, they also have to face the risk of losing their luggage and spending the first couple of days' holiday trying to replace lost items instead of winding down and relaxing." Although some 55 per cent of bags were ultimately recovered after a 24-hour wait or so, 20 per cent of tourists had to survive their entire holiday without their suitcases. "As long as you have adequate travel insurance, losing your suitcase should not hit you in the pocket, but, for the majority of people, it's often the sentimental value of personal belongings and the lost time on holiday trying to locate your bags that cannot be replaced," Mr Staniland concluded.

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