I recently travelled from Germany to Ireland with Aer Lingus. As I was about to board the plane in Germany they offered to take my bag and put in the hold. They put a tag on it, and that was the last I've seen of my bag. On arrival they admitted that the bag was delayed and gave me a tracing ID. A week later they still haven't located the bag. The kicker for me is the iPad I use for work was in the bag. I'm a self employed illustrator with deadlines fast approaching. At this stage I would purchase a new iPad if I knew I could bill the airline regardless of whether they find my bag or not. I read that I have to wait 21 days until they will admit they lost my bag, after which time I can make a claim for losses. I really don't have 3 weeks to wait. I'm losing money with each day that passes. Anyone have any advice on how to proceed?