Last fall, the United States ratified the Montreal Convention, an agreement that establishes airline liabilities for injury, delays, and lost or damaged baggage on international flights. It improves upon the 1929 Warsaw Convention by allowing passengers on round-trip flights originating in a participating country to claim up to $1,450 per person for damaged, lost, or delayed luggage. For anyone who travels with less than 150 pounds of luggage, this represents a significant increase over the previous limit of $9.07 per pound.

This summer, 14 Western European countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Italy, and the Netherlands, signed on to the agreement.This is good news for travelers who fly within Europe or from Europe to other destinations.

Still, remember not to pack valuables such as electronics or jewelry into your checked bags. Many airlines do not accept liability for such items.