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How soon can I abandon luggage claim and report missing bag

Old Mar 9, 23, 11:09 am
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How soon can I abandon luggage claim and report missing bag

Quick question - T5 just announced 90 minutes of delays to bags. Seriously contemplating just filing it as delayed and leaving, as my taxi is waiting and thereís nothing in the bag that I need.

How soon can I declare that the wait time was too long and disappear?
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Old Mar 9, 23, 11:16 am
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If the bag has arrived with your flight you canít just unilaterally it hasnít. If you suspect it hasnít made it, Iíd go speak to the missing bag people asking to confirm the bag will arrive. Iíve done it multiple times when delay is suspicious especially if a short or complex connection made me suspect it probably wonít arrive. Just leaving unilaterally however is not really a solution.
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Old Mar 9, 23, 11:20 am
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If they are announcing 90 minute delays, they will also add in a comment saying that you can leave and wait for the item to be delivered in a few days. So I would go to the desk, and see if they will record your details. If it's a simple booking and you still have your tags numbers clearly visible you can do this at home, the reality is that BA gets a huge pile of bags at the end of the day and they are not going to go through each item and assess whether you have been impatient or not, they'll hand them off to a specialist courier company and get rid of the problem that way.
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Old Mar 9, 23, 11:22 am
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Thanks. Removed previous comment - that made a lot of sense.
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Old Mar 9, 23, 11:27 am
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Originally Posted by Quark999
Okay. But when does delayed turn into lost? I canít really know whether itís here or not (although I do, because Airtags).
When a flight is marked as either not delivering baggage (highly unusual) or when your carousel has decanted for your flight. So the assumption, if no bags from your flight has arrived, is that it's pending not delayed. Lost applies after 21 days, so that's a way to go, until then the system assumes the bags are delayed. You must report delayed or damaged bags within 1 week and claim for lost items at 3 weeks.
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Old Mar 9, 23, 3:13 pm
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Thanks for the information, I need to file it mentally for future use. Thankfully the bags emerged just when the overall delay was announced as being “only” an hour, at which point it had only been 50 minutes or so. So I didn’t have to put that idea into practice…
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Old Mar 9, 23, 7:38 pm
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Once had an announcement that my bag was delayed, due to a baggage container getting 'stuck'! I simply went over and filled-in a form. Then had one of the most relaxed journeys into Central London (sans bags.) Bag was delivered the next day. (If only I could have this done more often! LOL)
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Old Mar 9, 23, 8:15 pm
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Originally Posted by Quark999
Thanks for the information, I need to file it mentally for future use. Thankfully the bags emerged just when the overall delay was announced as being “only” an hour, at which point it had only been 50 minutes or so. So I didn’t have to put that idea into practice…
I hate the BA baggage lost system, so dated and not real time

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Old Mar 10, 23, 2:40 am
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FWIW I flew First from DFW recently, my air tags showed the bags as still being in Dallas when I was in London and they refused to let me fill in a form till the all the baggage from the flight had arrived.
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Old Mar 10, 23, 2:42 am
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Oh also - (I've had a spate of bad luck with bags recently) when living in London I found bags normally took 24 / 48 hours to get to me. Having moved to a different part of the UK they now take 5 to 7 days.
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