Most of us feel some trepidation when we wave off our suitcase at the airport in the hope that it will make the destination intact.
However, one baggage handler, Mr. Singh, has explained exactly what happens to your luggage when it travels from A to B and hopefully it may put you a little more at ease.
- It is hard for your luggage to get stolen
CCTV is present in all areas where baggage travels to “eliminate temptation”. However, Mr Singh said: “For someone to steal from your luggage is quite rare these days but it does happen.”
- Baggage handlers WILL get caught if they try
“Ground handling companies keep close watch on their employees and if they notice that theft is reported on a certain employee’s shift frequently, an undercover investigation is launched,” he writes. “Majority of the times the thief is caught and prosecuted.” The may be small comfort but at least you know that there are deterrents in place.
- Most common causes of damage
Over packing your bags is perhaps the main cause of damage to luggage with Singh claiming that he witnessed at least one bag burst open each day. “Just because your suitcase barely closes, doesn’t mean it’s going to hold,” he remarks. He also points to luggage with loose threads that get tangled in machinery.
“I’ve seen suitcases get torn to shreds and people’s things scattered all over belts in the past. If you’re still using your grandpa’s suitcase from the 70s, you’re just asking for it.””
- Consider the ‘Punching Arm’ when packing
A solid metal arm manoeuvres luggage into place and carries a pretty much amount of power.
“It’s meant to push things that weigh up to 100 pounds, so if you had [a bottle of] wine not secured properly in your bag, it’s going to end up all over your clothes,” Singh warns. The arm is also a bad business, again, for overpacked bags.
- Baggage WILL get thrown around
“Unless you’re flying wide body, chances are your luggage is being thrown around underneath your seat,” Singh states.
“From the aft cargo door to the end of the pit of a 737–800 is roughly 25–30 feet. That bag being unloaded needs to be thrown from the back, to the door.”