SOURCE: Coalition for Luggage Security

July 18, 2007 11:22 ET

The Coalition for Luggage Security Reports on Sale of 7000 Lost Luggage Items Daily

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - July 18, 2007) - The Coalition for Luggage Security today questioned the sale of lost luggage to lost luggage retailers. The airlines actually sell unclaimed bags to these companies in bulk, either by the pound or by the yard! With shipments coming by truck every day they stock 7000 new items daily.

"It is a shame that the airlines only solution is to sell 'mishandled bags.' Wasn't it the airlines that mishandled the bag in the first place? It is somewhat unsettling to know that airlines, whose sole job is to get passengers and luggage to the same place, actually get paid for making mistakes, and has spawned an entire industry that thrives on these mistakes," said Josh Holm, Director of The Coalition for Luggage Security.

Richard A. Altomare, Founder of The Coalition for Luggage Security and CEO of Universal Express (OTCBB: USXP), said, "After reading about this massive warehouse of lost passenger luggage, I formed a number of questions in my mind. What motivation does an airline truly have to get your luggage returned to you, when they can turn around and sell it instead? Finally when are Americans going to stand up and say 'no,' those are my things and I want them back?"

"The current system is broken, if not insufficient at best. 7000 lost items arriving daily! Watches, toys, clothes, irreplaceable items sold to strangers on a daily basis! Have we lost those qualities that define America? How can this continue without customer backlash?" concluded Mr. Altomare

The Coalition for Luggage Security urges Government officials and the airline industry to simply discuss alternate means of baggage delivery. Passenger luggage should not be shipped on passenger flights and we propose that passengers be given a choice to ship their bags in advance of their trip to reach their destination before they arrive and have a separate line for luggage free travelers to gain access to the airport terminals. This action would vastly reduce the number of bags on airplanes and in airports. A decline in passenger baggage reduces the amount of luggage being lost and also cuts fuel consumption dramatically.

About The Coalition for Luggage Security

The Coalition for Luggage Security was established to ensure the safety of travelers through alternate means of luggage transportation. The Coalition consists of prominent businesspersons and companies that educate the public, Congress and the Administration on the importance of solving the luggage and cargo safety issues that exist in airlines and airports.

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