These Are the Airlines Most Likely to Lose Your Luggage

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After getting to the airport on time, making it through security, and enduring your flight, there's one more hurdle you have to clear before starting your trip: Collecting your checked baggage. Normally bags arrive on the carousel with no problems, but on rare occasions, they get lost in transit, effectively ruining your vacation before it begins. Short of cramming everything into a carry-on, one way to reduce your chances of losing a checked bag is to choose the right airline.

As Airfarewatchdog reports, the luggage storage service Luggagehero recently looked at Department of Transportation stats from 2012 to 2018 to determine which airlines are least likely to misplace your property. Delta came in at No. 1 with only 1.55 bags lost per 1000 passengers. It's followed by the budget airlines Frontier, with 1.8 lost bags per 1000 passengers, and Spirit, with 1.9 out of 1000.

At the other end of the list, Envoy Air came out as the airline least likely to deliver bags to passengers, losing 6.76 out of every 1000. Skywest lost an average of six bags per thousand and Expressjet lost 5.9. Fortunately, the situation is improving at most airlines: According to the report, American Airlines was the only airline that saw more lost or mishandled luggage complaints between 2012 and 2018.

Here's the rundown, from most likely to least likely:

  • Envoy Air: 6.76 bags bags lost 1000 passengers
  • Skywest Airlines: 6 bags bags lost 1000 passengers
  • Expressjet Airlines: 5.9 bags lost per 1000 passengers
  • American Airlines: 4.3 bags lost per 1000 passengers
  • Southwest Airlines: 3.6 bags lost per 1000 passengers
  • Alaska Airlines: 3 bags lost per 1000 passengers
  • United Airlines: 2.9 bags lost per 1000 passengers
  • JetBlue Airways: 2 bags lost per 1000 passengers
  • Hawaiian Airlines: 2 bags lost per 1000 passengers
  • Spirit Airlines: 1.9 bags lost per 1000 passengers
  • Frontier Airlines: 1.8 bags lost per 1000 passengers
  • Delta Air Lines: 1.55 bags lost per 1000 passengers

When you hand off your luggage to an airport employee, there's no way to completely guarantee it will arrive at your destination with you. Losing checked bags is rare, but it when happens, there are steps you can take to increase your chances of reuniting with your stuff as quickly as possible.

[h/t Airfarewatchdog]

Turn Your LEGO Bricks Into a Drone With the Flybrix Drone Kit

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Now more than ever, it’s important to have a good hobby. Of course, a lot of people—maybe even you—have been obsessed with learning TikTok dances and baking sourdough bread for the last few months, but those hobbies can wear out their welcome pretty fast. So if you or someone you love is looking for something that’s a little more intellectually stimulating, you need to check out the Flybrix LEGO drone kit from Fat Brain Toys.

What is a Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit?

The Flybrix drone kit lets you build your own drones out of LEGO bricks and fly them around your house using your smartphone as a remote control (via Bluetooth). The kit itself comes with absolutely everything you need to start flying almost immediately, including a bag of 56-plus LEGO bricks, a LEGO figure pilot, eight quick-connect motors, eight propellers, a propeller wrench, a pre-programmed Flybrix flight board PCB, a USB data cord, a LiPo battery, and a USB LiPo battery charger. All you’ll have to do is download the Flybrix Configuration Software, the Bluetooth Flight Control App, and access online instructions and tutorials.

Experiment with your own designs.

The Flybrix LEGO drone kit is specifically designed to promote exploration and experimentation. All the components are tough and can totally withstand a few crash landings, so you can build and rebuild your own drones until you come up with the perfect design. Then you can do it all again. Try different motor arrangements, add your own LEGO bricks, experiment with different shapes—this kit is a wannabe engineer’s dream.

For the more advanced STEM learners out there, Flybrix lets you experiment with coding and block-based coding. It uses an arduino-based hackable circuit board, and the Flybrix app has advanced features that let you try your hand at software design.

Who is the Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit for?

Flybrix is a really fun way to introduce a number of core STEM concepts, which makes it ideal for kids—and technically, that’s who it was designed for. But because engineering and coding can get a little complicated, the recommended age for independent experimentation is 13 and up. However, kids younger than 13 can certainly work on Flybrix drones with the help of their parents. In fact, it actually makes a fantastic family hobby.

Ready to start building your own LEGO drones? Click here to order your Flybrix kit today for $198.

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Instead of Taco Tuesday, Sweden Celebrates Taco Friday (or Taco Fredag)

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If you think Swedish cuisine is limited to meatballs and herring, you've never celebrated Fredagsmys—the Swedish version of Taco Tuesday. The day, which translates to "cozy Fridays," is a chance for Swedes to get together with loved ones and eat comfort food at the end of a long week. And instead of indulging in more traditional Swedish fare, the Fredagsmys cuisine of choice is Tex-Mex.

Fredagsmys takes the already-Americanized taco and puts a Swedish spin on it. On Taco Fredag (Taco Friday), ingredients like tortillas, ground meat, peppers, and tomatoes are laid out smörgåsbord-style. The spread may also include some toppings that are rarely served with tacos outside of Scandinavia, such as yogurt, cucumber, peanuts, and pineapple. After assembling their meal, diners enjoy it in a cozy spot in front of the TV, ideally surrounded by pillows and candles.

The Swedish tradition of starting the weekend with a taco feast has only been around for a couple of decades. In the 1990s, the Swedish potato chip company OLW introduced the slogan “Now it’s cozy Friday time” into the national lexicon. Old El Paso capitalized on this concept with its own ad campaign showing Swedes how to assemble tacos at home. The Swedish spice company Santa Maria noticed the emerging trend and further popularized the idea of eating tacos on Fridays in its TV advertisements.

Tacos may be the food that's most closely associated with Fredagsmys today, but any quick junk food is appropriate for the occasion. Burgers and pizza are also popular items, as are candy, chips, and popcorn. The meal makes up just one part of the night: Settling in on the couch in pajamas to watch TV with loved ones is just as important as the food.

Making time for comforting indoor activities is a necessity in Sweden, where the weather is harsh and daylight is scarce for much of the year. The Danish do something similar with hygge, although tacos aren't an explicit part of that tradition.