Next to an unfortunate incident involving the aircraft itself, lost luggage is easily the second biggest fear of air travellers. And while most of us will thankfully never have to deal with such a headache, there's no guaranteeing your bags will be there waiting for you after your next flight.

But if they do go missing, this is the best place to start formulating your game plan for how you're going to recover your lost luggage—even if an airline's help desk isn't being very helpful.

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