But paying these fees in no way ensures that your baggage is going to be safely handled. Baggage handlers handle thousands of containers a day, and accidents do happen. Every year, roughly 2 million pieces of luggage disappear, arrive late, become damaged, or experience theft. Personal baggage, like that kept in a suitcase, is one matter, but many people also must travel with important business materials, such as computer or media equipment, and these can be incredibly difficult, incredibly expensive, sometimes even impossible to replace.
For more valuable and irreplaceable cargo, there are more secure options available. Aluminum cases will safely and easily protect any product as it travels to its destination. They typically have cushioning and padding for the products held inside, and a rugged construction on the outside that protects from weather conditions, heat, and moisture damage.
Custom cases are an even better option, as they can be designed exactly to your cargo’s needs and specifications. If your cargo is susceptible to damage from temperature change or shock, the right case can be designed with those factors in mind, to keep it safe in transit.
You may not have any control over the way your cargo is handled, regardless of how much the airline is charging you to handle it, but you can do your best on your end to make sure that your items are safely and securely protected from any accidents or mistreatment.