These Are the Airlines Most Likely to Lose Your Luggage

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iStock.com/simonkr

After getting to the airport on time, making it through security, and enduring your flight, there's one more hurdle you have to clear before starting your trip: Collecting your checked baggage. Normally bags arrive on the carousel with no problems, but on rare occasions, they get lost in transit, effectively ruining your vacation before it begins. Short of cramming everything into a carry-on, one way to reduce your chances of losing a checked bag is to choose the right airline.

As Airfarewatchdog reports, the luggage storage service Luggagehero recently looked at Department of Transportation stats from 2012 to 2018 to determine which airlines are least likely to misplace your property. Delta came in at No. 1 with only 1.55 bags lost per 1000 passengers. It's followed by the budget airlines Frontier, with 1.8 lost bags per 1000 passengers, and Spirit, with 1.9 out of 1000.

At the other end of the list, Envoy Air came out as the airline least likely to deliver bags to passengers, losing 6.76 out of every 1000. Skywest lost an average of six bags per thousand and Expressjet lost 5.9. Fortunately, the situation is improving at most airlines: According to the report, American Airlines was the only airline that saw more lost or mishandled luggage complaints between 2012 and 2018.

Here's the rundown, from most likely to least likely:

  • Envoy Air: 6.76 bags bags lost 1000 passengers
  • Skywest Airlines: 6 bags bags lost 1000 passengers
  • Expressjet Airlines: 5.9 bags lost per 1000 passengers
  • American Airlines: 4.3 bags lost per 1000 passengers
  • Southwest Airlines: 3.6 bags lost per 1000 passengers
  • Alaska Airlines: 3 bags lost per 1000 passengers
  • United Airlines: 2.9 bags lost per 1000 passengers
  • JetBlue Airways: 2 bags lost per 1000 passengers
  • Hawaiian Airlines: 2 bags lost per 1000 passengers
  • Spirit Airlines: 1.9 bags lost per 1000 passengers
  • Frontier Airlines: 1.8 bags lost per 1000 passengers
  • Delta Air Lines: 1.55 bags lost per 1000 passengers

When you hand off your luggage to an airport employee, there's no way to completely guarantee it will arrive at your destination with you. Losing checked bags is rare, but it when happens, there are steps you can take to increase your chances of reuniting with your stuff as quickly as possible.

[h/t Airfarewatchdog]

A New Hypersonic Jet Could Get You From New York to London in 90 Minutes

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For impatient travelers, the next wave of air transportation could be a game-changer. Aerospace company Hermeus Corporation recently announced that it has obtained funding to pursue development of a plane that could travel five times faster than the speed of sound, getting passengers from New York to London in just 90 minutes. But it won't be a cheap flight, and the idea isn't without some baggage.

The venture, which was founded by former employees of private space travel companies like Elon Musk’s SpaceX and Jeff Bezos’s Blue Origin, is seeking to craft a plane that can travel at Mach 5 and reach a cruising speed of 3300 mph.

That ambition will likely take years to materialize. Hermeus co-founder and CEO AJ Piplica told CNN that development is projected to last a decade. He anticipated one-way tickets will cost in the range of $3000.

It currently takes about seven hours to travel from New York to London. Previously, travelers were able to cut that time down to roughly four hours, traveling at twice the speed of sound in the supersonic Concorde jet. High fuel consumption and expensive tickets led to the retirement of the aircraft in 2003. Whether Hermeus can overcome the environmental concerns of such high-octane travel and gather enough passengers willing to pay a premium for less time spent in the air remains to be seen.

[h/t CNN]

Plano, Texas Is Home to a Dog-Friendly Movie Theater That Serves Bottomless Wine or Whiskey

K9 Cinemas
K9 Cinemas

For dog owners in Plano, Texas, movie night with Fido no longer just means cuddling on the couch and browsing Netflix. The recently opened K9 Cinemas invites moviegoers—both human and canine—to watch classic films on the big screen. And the best part for the human members of this couple? Your $15 ticket includes bottomless wine or whiskey (or soft drinks if you're under 21).

The theater operates as a pop-up (or perhaps pup-up?) in a private event space near Custer Road and 15th Street in Plano. Snacks—both the pet and people kind—are available for $2 apiece. Dogs are limited to two per person, and just 25 human seats are sold per showing to leave room for the furry guests.

Pet owners are asked follow a few rules in order to take advantage of what the theater has to offer. Dogs must be up-to-date on all their shots, and owners can submit veterinary records online or bring a hard copy to the theater to verify their pooch's health status. Once inside, owners are responsible for taking their dog out for potty breaks and cleaning up after any accidents that happen (thankfully the floors are concrete and easy to wipe down).

While many of the movies shown are canine-themed—a recent screening of A Dog's Journey included branded bandanas with every ticket purchase—they also hold special events, like a Game of Thrones finale watch party (no word on how the puppers in attendance responded to Jon Snow finally acknowledging what a good boy Ghost is).

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