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The popular adage, sometimes attributed to Jack London, is that it’s not the destination that counts but the journey. Passengers who have taken the plane in recent months and even more this summer, have been able to measure the full depth of the sentence whether boarding an Airbus or a Boeing, in Roissy or New York, in Toronto or London-Heathrow has become a real adventure full of surprises and, above all, a real obstacle course worthy of Beijing Express.
It is true that air travel has evolved significantly since the middle of the 20th century.e century. On the one hand, the plane is no longer the prerogative of a globalized elite, and that’s a good thing. Under the pressure of low-cost airlines, it has become more democratic and, in 2019, the last “normal” year before the shock of the Covid-19 pandemic, some 4.5 billion people flew around the world. On the other hand, the terrorist attacks that took place in the 1990s and above all the Islamist attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York in 2001 led to a drastic reinforcement of security measures which significantly lengthened the time needed to boarding. Gone are the days when you went almost instantly from the airport hall to your seat in the cabin.
From then on, air travel – from boarding to baggage claim – has become an incredibly complex machinery that the slightest grain of sand can very quickly seize up, as thousands of passengers noticed at the beginning of July. When the Covid hit global air traffic hard in 2019, causing it to fall by two-thirds, airports and airlines separated from some of their staff who are sorely lacking today to ensure post-Covid recovery. and deal with returning travellers. If we add technical breakdowns, strikes on the ground or in the cockpits, we arrive at the chaotic situations that we were able to observe at the beginning of the month and whose most spectacular consequence concerns the delayed or lost luggage of travelers whose rate jumped 24% globally last year.
On social networks, personalities or simple travelers have testified to their ruined holidays or shared photos of these thousands of blocked suitcases, some of which may never find their owner. The latter can still claim compensation, as provided for by the Warsaw Convention or the Montreal Convention, but the complexity of the necessary paperwork discourages many, to the point of having prompted the creation of companies specializing in compensation claims!
Therefore, to ward off the fear of losing your suitcase and protect yourself from the hassle of getting compensation, everyone exchanges their tips: take some clothes with you in the cabin, take out additional insurance or install a tracker on your luggage, etc. . Others recommend traveling only with cabin baggage, perhaps rediscovering the true spirit of travel as Saint-Exupéry defined it: “Whoever wants to travel happy must travel light. »