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SUMMER TRAVEL: Have You Lost Your Luggage?

SPOKANE, Wash. - With summertime travel in full swing, lost luggage is now a growing problem.
 
Experts at Spokane International Airport suggest it's safest to pack cash, keys, credit cards, important documents, jewelry, heirlooms, eyeglasses, prescription medicines and perishables in your carry-on luggage.
 
Travel pros say reading the fine print is one of the most important things you can do to protect yourself. The fine print of your contract may state specific items that will not be reimbursed if your luggage is lost.

The Department of Transportation requires that passengers must be compensated the full bag check fee for a lost bag. But this is not the cost of the bag which can run from $250 - $1000, this is just the fee which runs $20 - $100.

In addition, airlines must pay "reasonable expenses" to repair damaged bags or replace lost ones. If they lose your sporting equipment, they might pay for you to rent replacement gear while on vacation, not to buy a new paddle board for your trip to Priest Lake.

Some travel pros suggest you bring proof of purchase (receipts) or insurance for watches, jewelry, cameras, electronics or firearms you plan to pack. Any object with a serial number or distinct markings may be registered.

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