Air India Mum-Riyadh Flight: Airline Loses Man’s Bag; When Found, ₹1.60 Lakh Stolen From It

by Vaishalee Kalvankar
Air India Mum-Riyadh Flight: Airline Loses Man’s Bag; When Found, ₹1.60 Lakh Stolen From It

The biggest fear any traveller can have is losing his or her luggage at the airport. I mean, we carry all the essentials, important documents, and, in fact, our entire world in that compact bag. How can we afford to lose it? But a passenger actually lost ₹1.60 from his already checked-in luggage on an Air India flight (Mumbai-Riyadh). 

Passenger’s ₹1.60 Lakh Stolen From Checked-In Bag On An Air India Flight

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An unidentified person is allegedly accused of stealing ₹1.60 lakh from a passenger’s checked bag on an Air India trip from Mumbai to Riyadh on October 21. A case has been filed at the Sahar police station. 

The FIR said that Muddassir Shaikh, a 26-year-old resident of Nalasopara who works for a private company, arrived at the Mumbai International Airport on October 7 for a trip to Riyadh for both job and religious reasons. His two blue trolley bags had been checked in since he was travelling with Air India. 

One of the bags included a handbag with documents and $1,900 (or ₹1,60,000). His flight took off around 5:30 o’clock. He only got one of his bags when he landed on October 8. 

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Case Filed

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He went to the Air India office in Riyadh and complained about not getting his second luggage, but he allegedly got no response from Air India officials.

On October 10, however, Muddassir was given the lost bag in the Air India’s Riyadh office. He was horrified to discover that his handbag, which contained the US dollars and other documents, was missing when he opened the bag. 

On October 19, Muddassir arrived in Mumbai. Two days later, he filed a case under Section 379 of the IPC against an unnamed person.

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What To Do When You Lose Luggage?

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What if you lose your luggage? What should be your first step? Well, do not worry; we have got your back! 

1. Keep Calm

Yes, this is a terrible and difficult circumstance, but losing your cool won’t help. In the same way that every issue has a resolution, so does this. You only need to take immediate action. Know that the airline staff will assist you in finding your suitcase. 

2. Inform

Declare your misplaced luggage as soon as possible by getting in touch with the baggage claim desk. The Property Irregularity Report (PIR) must be completed. Make sure to correctly fill out all the fields so that your luggage can be found as soon as possible. After that, the airlines will find your suitcase and give it to you.

3. Policy

Consult the staff at the desk for information on the airlines’ lost baggage policies. This contains details on incidental charges and the reimbursement of luggage fees.

4. Track

There is no use in waiting at the airport after completing the form and the other formalities. In order to wait for their updates, you might go to your house, hotel, or hostel. You may now track the development of your complaint yourself using the claim number.

5. Keep Reciepts

You may suffer additional costs as a result of leaving behind some of your necessary items. Keep the receipts for these purchases, please. Once you have your luggage back, the airlines will repay it to you in accordance with their policies.

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Have you ever faced such situation?

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