Lost luggage isn’t quite accurate. It was more like delayed luggage, or maybe misplaced luggage. I have had it happen twice.
The first time flying on Delta Airlines from Rochseter, NY to Las Vegas, NV via Atlanta. There was heavy weather on the east coast, and many flights were delayed. Our flight to Atlanta was delayed almost 45 mintues. When we got to Atlanta, we were told not to worry as all of the flights flying out of Atlanta were delayed too. Ummm…yeah, right. As we got into the terminal, we found our flight was currently in final boarding (on time)…and it was in another terminal! We ran halfway across the airport! They stopped me, and searched my bag at the walkway to the plane. But we managed to get on the plane. Our plane was a left the gate, be we were into line to take off. When we got to Vegas, only one of our bags showed up. We went to the little office, and reported our bag. It was confirmed quickly that it was still in Atlanta. She asked where we were staying, and I told here that we were staying in Pahrump (about an hour out of Vegas) at my fathers. They said they would deliver it the next morning, and gave me a number to call. The next morning I called and was told they would not deliver my bag. I told them that I was told that they would deliver it. After some discussion, they agreed to deliver it that evening. I remember thinking when the guy showed up, whether I was supposed to tip the guy, but he dropped the bag ont he step and left. I don’t even remember if he knocked or rang the bell.
The next time I had delayed luggage was about a week ago. I was flying on United Airlines from Knoxville, TN to Rochester, NY through Washington Dulles. My flight from Knoxville was delayed about 45 minutes. But I was supposed to hav about an hour and a quarter layover in Washington. I though half an hour should be enough to transfer luggage. But then my flight to Rochester was delayed about 30 minutes. So they had about an hour to transfer the bags. When I arrived in Rochester, I was to the baggage claim. Luggage was coming off the belt, and then finally the belt stopped, but I never saw my luggage. There were about dozen other people who didn’t get their bags either. I filled out a form. On my way home from the airport, I stopped and bought some new dress shoes to wear to work the next day since mine were in the delayed bag. Instead of having them deliver my bags to my home, I had them deliver them to my work, so I knew someone would be there to recieve them. They were supposed to be delivered by 11am, but they showed up at close to noon.
Delayed baggage can really be frustrating.

Added 8/16/2006 – Coincidently, yesterday my sister-in-law flew into Rochester (from Seattle via Chicago) to go on a Canadian river cruise with my wife. Her flight arrived about 6pm, but her luggage didn’t make it. We were told that there was another flight coming in from Chicago around 10pm, and her luggage should be on it. We made arrangements with the American Eagle people to deliver the luggage to my house. Since my wife and my sister in law were leaving for the river cruise today around noon, we told that we needed the luggage this morning. He said that he would try to have the guy deliver the luggage last night, probably after midnight. We said that was fine. It never came. We kept an eye out for it this morning, but it hadn’t shown up by the time I left for work. My sister-in-law called, and was told it was being delivered. Due to the smallish size of the bag, she could have carried it on. But due to new security restrictions about liquids in carry-ons, she checked it. Hopefully it shows up before they need to begin their drive to meet the ship.
*her bag finally showed up between 10:30 and 11am*