To the surprise of probably nobody, most of the main airports in the state of Florida rank very high among airports in lost luggage. In fact, you can find five of those airports ranked in the 25 worst.
According to Forbes Advisor, Miami International Airport is the second worst airport in the country for lost baggage, just behind JFK Airport in New York City. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport also ranked in the Top Five worst. Other Sunshine State Airports on the list are Orlando International at 16, Southwest Florida International at 19, and Tampa International Airport tied for 25th worst.
With summer travel season in full swing, lost or damaged luggage is on many peoples’ minds this time of year. There were some other interesting findings in the Forbes study. American Airlines tops the list of worst airlines for mishandled luggage, while Hawaiian Airlines had the lowest rate of botched bags. Also, between 2013-2022, not one of the 100 busiest airports in the country reimbursed more than half of lost or damaged luggage claims.
If we’ve learned anything from this, it’s don’t be surprised if there are issues with your checked bags. If there are issues, there is a good chance you won’t be reimbursed for your troubles. Don’t hesitate to make a claim though, because you most definitely won’t be reimbursed if you don’t. Also, carry-ons sound a good solution whenever possible.