The airline most likely to damage your baggage

A NEW study has found which airline is most likely to damage your suitcase – and that’s bad news for Ryanair passengers.

The low-cost airline has emerged as the worst when it comes to baggage damage.

Ryanair has been named as the airline most likely to damage your luggage


Ryanair has been named as the airline most likely to damage your luggageCredit: Alamy

The research was commissioned by the luggage company trifiberwho have specialized in protective cases.

Data from the Civil Aviation Administration (CAA) showed that out of 823 damaged baggage claims filed with airlines between 2015 and 2020, more than one in ten was damage claims made to Ryanair.

Emirates came second after receiving six percent of all claims damaged luggage over the same period, followed by Alitalia in third place with 40 damaged luggage claims – 5 percent of all claims.

The study also found that if you are unlucky enough to make a damaged baggage claim, your chances of a successful outcome are less than half.

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For those who finally achieved a successful outcome from a damaged baggage claim, it would take an average of 154 days to reach a settlement.

It turned out Ryanair was the airline that took the longest to reach an agreement, with one case lasting a whopping 868 days.

Sun Online Travel has reached out to Ryanair for comment.

Chris Cox, Managing Director at Trifibre, said: “The results provide passengers with the inside knowledge they need to make informed decisions about the airline they travel with and the airports they use.

“Where possible, we recommend bringing items as carry-on baggage and storing them in the overhead bins or under the seats, as this reduces the likelihood of your baggage being mishandled.”

They added: “It’s easier for items like cameras and laptops, but for large or bulky items that don’t fit in carry-on like instruments and sports equipment, it’s really worth doing your groundwork.

“Know your rights if something goes wrong, make sure your travel insurance covers damage to your luggage, and invest in a protective case that really does the job you need it for.”

A baggage handler found which suitcases are most likely to be damaged after check-in – and the heavier they are, the more likely it is.

They wrote on Reddit: “If your bag weighs more than 55 pounds, it’s going to have a bad time.

“Imagine having to do that 200 times — it gets frustrating and tiring, and sometimes we just throw with very little care because they’re too heavy to do it carefully.”

Another baggage handler explained why you should avoid two-wheeled suitcases: “When you’re checking bags, buy four-wheeled ones if possible – the baggage handler is less likely to ‘throw’ the bag and roll it whenever possible.”

A traveler has passengers warned to have a quick look in their bag before exiting the terminal, or you might have trouble claiming compensation for damaged baggage complaints.

Here’s what you should do if one Airline broke your suitcase.

Trifibre has shared some top tips for protecting your luggage when flying


Trifibre has shared some top tips for protecting your luggage when flyingPhoto credit: Getty The airline most likely to damage your baggage

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