The one mistake you’re making with your luggage

By MiNDFOOD

The one mistake you’re making with your luggage
A luggage handler has revealed why a common move many of us make to help identify our bags on busy luggage carousels is a bad idea. 

These days there are a huge number of suitcases that look similar, leading travellers to try and distinguish plain black, grey or brown cases by adding bold tags, ties and colourful straps.

There’s nothing worse that realising your bag hasn’t turned up, long after all the other travellers have left an airport’s arrivals area.

Where we are going wrong, is by tying ribbons to our bags, according to one luggage handler.

Dublin Airport baggage handler John has advised travellers their baggage attachments may actually delay their suitcase’s arrival.

“Ribbons that people tie onto their suitcases to help identify them can cause issues with the bag being scanned in the baggage hall,” the bag handler told Ireland’s RSVP Live.

While the colourful additions make bags easier to spot in busy airports, they can be a problem for airport luggage scanners.

“If the bag can’t be scanned automatically, it can end up in manual processing, which could mean your bag doesn’t make it to the flight,” John explained.

Another thing you should always do is remove any lingering barcode stickers from previous flights on the handles or the body of your bags.

“Take old stickers off the bag, it can cause confusion with the scanning process,” the bag handler suggested.

The handler also flagged a sweet treat as another reason traveller’s bags can be held up, rather than reaching their destination smoothly.

“Don’t ever pack Marzipan in your luggage,” he said. “It has the same density as some explosives so your bag will be removed and you’ll be called from the plane for a bag search.”

Finally, the handler suggested those with wheeled suitcases should take care during baggage drop-off.

“Place your suitcase wheels up for less damage,” he said.

Other general tips that may help in avoiding a lost suitcase are to arrive to the airport early, choose direct flights and make sure you carry a picture of your bag and detailed description of its contents, to help handlers locate it quickly in the even it is lost en route.

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