Picture this: you spend months planning your dream golf vacation, you invest thousands of dollars into perfecting every detail, and after finally making it to your destination, your golf clubs and luggage are nowhere to be found. Could you imagine your bucket list vacation being ruined by the airlines losing your bags? Unfortunately, for many people traveling to and from Scotland for this year’s Open Championship, this hypothetical scenario turned into a disastrous reality.
Due to serious staffing shortages and an insurmountable backlog, passengers arriving at Edinburgh Airport were forced to wait hours to have their checked luggage returned to them after their flight. In fact, a great deal of passengers never saw their luggage at all… at least not for another week after their arrival.
@EdinburghAirport – what’s happening? No security for all these peoples’ bags left lying around the baggage reclaim and apparently nobody trying to sort it. A shocking impression to give visitors to Scotland. pic.twitter.com/KkDDOAj5zP
— Lindsey Cartwright (@LindseyCartwr8) July 19, 2022
The result was a chaotic scene of frustrated travelers and hundreds, if not thousands, of unclaimed luggage and golf bags stacked in random piles in and around the airport. And with no security guarding the unorganized and unattended baggage, it was there for the taking… by anyone.
Horror scenes at Edinburgh Airport 👀
(📸: Reddit) pic.twitter.com/Xux6v3ZVCz
— Caddie Network (@CaddieNetwork) July 19, 2022
While the overwhelming number of bags and lack of staff at Edinburgh Airport were the latest culprits in an ongoing issue, they’re certainly not alone in their struggles. In 2021, the number of delayed, damaged, lost, or stolen bags by the airlines increased by 24% according to a study by SITA. And those numbers are only getting higher.
For example, data published by the U.S. Department of Transportation reported close to 220,000 bags were mishandled by U.S. airlines in April 2022. That’s nearly double what it was a year prior.
As travel continues to bounce back following the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines simply can’t keep up with the demand. But, that shouldn’t deter you from traveling. It should just deter you from checking your bags. And that’s where Ship Sticks comes in.
Ship Sticks has long been a trusted and affordable service used to bypass baggage claim, bag-check, and all the other stressful airport checkpoints. They’ll collect your luggage and golf clubs from your home or office before your trip, and deliver them to your intended destination before your arrival.
The solution to the airlines’ struggles isn’t to bring a carry-on only or to check a bag and simply hope for the best. The solution is to avoid the risk completely. When you ship your luggage and golf clubs ahead, you can travel with peace of mind knowing your bags are already at your destination.
In fact, all shipments come with complimentary insurance and an on-time delivery guarantee. It simply can’t be beat.
If you happen to be traveling across the pond like those who were headed to the Open Championship, you can still ship ahead. Ship Sticks services 180 countries and territories so you can travel nearly anywhere entirely bag-free.
Baggage nightmares across the globe aren’t expected to resolve anytime soon. In Edinburgh Airport alone, the stockpile of luggage is predicted to last for months, if not into next year.