Chances are that your bag was simply misplaced. According to the Société Internationale de Télécommunications Aéronautiques’s (SITA) 2016 Baggage Report, 79% of mishandled bags are just delayed. Another statistic reports that there is a less than 2% chance that your bag is truly lost (meaning that it’s never recovered). Take a deep breath and steady yourself. Remember also that airlines today have sophisticated methods of locating luggage. Stay calm, you’ll get through this!
Go to the baggage claim office
Go to the airport’s baggage claim office and file a report of your lost luggage. Some airlines require that you report a lost bag within a certain number of hours, so do NOT wait. Be sure to include the identification numbers from your claim tickets. Filing a report accomplishes two important things: a) it lets the airline know they need to locate your bag and b) it creates a paper trail that will allow you, if necessary, to receive reimbursement for items you purchase because of your missing bag. Ask for a copy of the report, write down the name of the person wh