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Baggage handler hack to getting your bags first

Australians accept, however unwillingly, that our size and distance means that flying times can be inevitably long. So we often make up for that with staying longer in our destination, a fact which may require more luggage.


Baggage Claim is the bitter pill that follows the already inevitable evil of flying. And after say 20+ hours of travelling, the last thing you want to be doing is standing around hoping that your baggage is coming soon and not sitting on a runway somewhere on the wrong side of the equator. 



Baggage handler Thomas Lo Sciuto said that you can get your checked bags to you faster by checking in later. 


“Bags will always be loaded front to back on the bag carts,” he posted to question/answer forum Quora. 


“So if you check in last your bags will be in the last bag cart, which will make them the last on the aircraft, and the first off the aircraft at your destination.


“The same logic goes for the other end. If they are the first off the aircraft they will most likely be the first on the bag carts and then the first to be unloaded at baggage claim.”


While another traveller suggested requesting a fragile sticker to put on your bag, baggage handlers claim they make little to no difference.


"We handle it as any other bag,” Connor Edwards, ground crew at SEA and a student pilot said. 


“To be honest, we hardly pay attention to any sticker other than the bag tag with the flight number. If we get a guitar case, we are often more gentle but that's really about it.”


"Do they (luggage) get thrown? Yes, they have to. It has to go from the cargo door all the way to the person stacking the bags. We simply don't have time to walk every bag down."


The only real way to avoid lines at baggage claim is to travel with cabin baggage only. But that’s not for everyone.

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Published: 1 June 2022

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