Vacations and travel are supposed to be fun right?  What could be worse then getting to your destination to find that your luggage has been lost? No one wants to wear their plane clothes any longer than they have to.

Unfortunately, it’s happening all too often across the United States and apparently, especially here in Florida.

I’ve been a victim of lost luggage in the past and it just plain sucks.  That’s all there is to it.  We spend so much time packing and planning, to make sure we’ve got everything we need for a trip.  Then to find out you’ve got nothing, and don’t know when or if your stuff will ever reach you.  UGH!  Super frustrating.

With summer in full motion, the crew over at Forbes, put together a list of the worst airports in the country for lost luggage.

In order to complete the list Forbes Advisor compared the nation’s 100 busiest airports using TSA data across four metrics.

  • Number of property damage claims per 100,000 domestic passengers: 30% of score.
  • Number of property loss claims per 100,000 domestic passengers: 30% of score.
  • Percentage of property damage claims reimbursed in full: 20% of score.
  • Percentage of property loss claims reimbursed in full: 20% of score.

The worst airport for lost luggage isn’t in Florida.  Phew! Taking the number one spot is John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York.  Also among the top 10 worst were Los Angeles, Norfolk, Boston, Harry Reid in Vegas, Newark, Daniel K. Inouye in Honolulu and Dulles in Washington DC.  You can read the full study completed by Forbes here.

So, how did the 5 Florida airports rank in the top 25 worst for lost luggage?  Let’s take a look


  • 2. Miami International Airport (MIA) - Miami

    Between 2013 and 2022, Miami International Airport had the second highest number of both property loss claims and property damage claims

    Miami International Airport - iflyMIA - Miami International Airport

    Miami International Airport (MIA), located on 3,230 acres of land near Downtown Miami, now offers more flights to Latin America and the Caribbean than any other U.S. airport.

  • 5. Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL) - Fort Lauderdale, Florida

    Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport had the ninth highest number of property loss claims over the past decade and tied for eleventh with LAX for property damage claims

    Fort Lauderdale Airport (FLL)

    Informational Guide to Fort Lauderdale - Hollywood Int. Airport (FLL) - Arrivals, departures, terminals, transport, parking, car rental, maps

  • 16. Orlando International Airport (MCO) - Orlando, Florida

    Only about 29% of property loss claims were fully reimbursed.

    Home - Greater Orlando Aviation Authority

    The official website of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority Orlando International Airport and Orlando Executive Airport

  • 19. Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW) - Ft. Myers, FL

    Just over 24% of property loss claims were fully reimbursed.


    Southwest Florida International Airport

    Southwest Florida International Airport (Lee County Port Authority) Gateway to Fort Myers and Florida`s Gulf Coast serving Southwest Florida, Ft. Myers, Cape Coral, Lehigh Acres, Bonita Springs, Ft. Myers Beach, Naples, Golden Gate, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte


  • 25. Tampa International Airport (TPA) - Tampa, FL

    Less than 20% of property loss claims were fully reimbursed.

    Homepage | Tampa International Airport

    Tampa International Airport 4100 George J. Bean Pkwy Tampa, FL 33607 US

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