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It is expected that when you arrive at an airport you most likely will have to check in a bag or two. What is not expected, however, is that someone would rummage through your baggage and take your belongings. Unfortunately, this happens frequently. A passenger packs her jewelry in her luggage, checks that luggage in, boards her flight, and never sees that jewelry again. Once she discovers the missing jewelry, her options for recovering the loss are quite limited.

This article examines the history and current state of the law regarding airline liability for passengers’ lost belongings on domestic as well as international flights. The article further discuss how these problems increased in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks in the United States. The article concludes by offering suggestions for changes to the airline industry's liability and standards regarding loss of jewelry in checked-in baggage.