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Every day we take great pride in carrying thousands of bags safely and speedily to their final destination where the vast majority arrive on time and in tip-top condition. We aim for perfection, but when something goes wrong we’ll pull out all the stops to resolve the situation as quickly and painlessly as possible.
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The sooner you report a problem to us the quicker we can resolve it. That’s why if your bags haven’t arrived on time it’s really important that you tell us about it.
If you reported a problem with your baggage at the airport and have a baggage file reference number you do not need to take any further action. (A baggage file reference number is a series of five letters and five numbers such as JFKBA12345 and is different to the baggage receipt you were given when checking your bags in.) We are working hard to reunite you with your missing bags and will be in touch when we find them.
If you left the airport without reporting your problem and do not have a baggage file reference number please take the following steps:
1. Tell us about your delayed baggage
2. If you were travelling to the UK from outside of the EU, complete a UK Customs and Excise baggage clearance form
As soon as we find your bag we will return it to you for free to any address you choose. (This service is not available in some countries due to local government restrictions but we will advise you if this applies.)
Check the status of your bag and update your details (requires baggage file reference number)
Baggage telephone numbers (please be aware that our lines may be busy at this time)
Before making a claim, please ensure you have told us about your damage or loss and have a reference number (e.g. the baggage file reference number from a delayed bag report):
If you haven’t already done so, report your problem now
If you believe you have lost contents or had contents damaged during a US baggage inspection you can claim compensation directly from the US Transport Security Administration (TSA):
TSA claim form
A personal travel insurance policy will likely provide a greater level of cover than we can offer. We therefore recommend that you contact your insurer before making a claim directly with us. We will provide you with a written report, on request, to send to your insurer as proof of loss, damage or delay to your baggage, in support of your claim.
If you do not have travel insurance that covers you for any relevant loss, you may claim from us for the following reasons within the set deadlines:
Start a claim for baggage compensation
Call us to check the status of an existing claim
Call us for any other reason
Whilst we will make every attempt to ensure your baggage is handled with care, you should know that British Airways’ liability for loss, delay or damage to baggage is limited unless a higher value is declared in advance and additional charges paid.
The extent of airline liability is not based on the weight of the bag nor its value. British Airways does not accept liability for fragile, valuable, perishable articles or baggage which is packed in damaged or unsuitable containers.
Under the Conditions of Carriage we accept no liability for the loss of jewellery, other valuables and money contained in checked baggage. You are advised to keep valuables, important documents and money either on your person or in your hand baggage.
We strongly recommend that you obtain adequate travel insurance cover prior to your journey. Use the following links for further information:
Notice of liability limitations
Conditions of carriage