There was a reduction in the number of bags mishandled by the airlines in 2012, according to data released by a leading airport technology provider.
The Baggage Report 2013 by SITA shows that about 25.8 million pieces of luggage were mishandled by airlines in 2012 with the average mishandling rate being 8.83 per thousand passengers, down from 8.99 per thousand passengers in 2011.
The report also shows a nearly 9 percent drop in baggage transfer accidents, which accounted for nearly half (12.5 million) of total mishandled luggage incidents.
European airports had the worst baggage handling figures with a mishandling rate of 10.6 bags per thousand passengers at major hubs while the rate was 4.17 for North America and just 2.28 for Asia.
There has been a 44.5 percent drop in number of bags mishandled by the airlines over the last 6 years, according to the report.