We've seen a massive increase in the amount of checked baggage since the Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) adjusted its carry-on rules in the wake of the alleged London-based air terror plot of 2006.
The result of the new policy has been a similarly massive breakdown of the baggage handling system. More bags are getting lost than ever before.
Now the Department of Transportation (DOT) wants to do something about it. If your checked bag gets lost, delayed, or damaged on a domestic flight, you'll soon be eligible for a little extra compensation.
The DOT plans to raise the "minimum baggage liability limit" from $2,800 to $3,000 effective February 28.
Travel Weekly (free registration required) notes that "airlines can set their minimum higher than $3,000 if they choose to," but with the airlines losing about 10,000 bags a day, I wouldn't go holding my breath waiting for that to happen.