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Most lost baggage does eventually arrive at its destination. Most airlines barcode baggage which means they can track it easily.
Airlines say it’s best to mark baggage with your name, zip code and a phone contact number.
Some airlines now advise you not to put your home address on the outside of baggage (you should put it inside your luggage). The name and zip code (U.K. — postcode) should be enough information for the airline to locate you. Never carry sharp objects (such as scissors) in hand baggage.