Travel Tip of the Day: Check Other Luggage Carousels

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I rarely check bags, but when I do, I know to not always trust the airline or the airport screens when they tell me which carousel my bags will come down. Recently, knowing how things work saved me and the dozens of travelers on my flight from Honolulu to Los Angeles. We were all waiting around carousel 4, since that’s what the airport screen displayed and what the airline had announced over the PA system. But when returning from the bathroom, I decided to look at the bag tags on carousel 1, which had bags circling around but no one around it. Sure enough, the bags were from our American Airlines flight! I grabbed my bag and then told everyone what was up. They first looked at me like I was a freak but when they realized I wasn’t lying, they thanked me profusely since I saved them a lot of time.

I’ve also seen baggage from one flight come out on two separate carousels, so always look around before filing a lost luggage claim.



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1 Comment on "Travel Tip of the Day: Check Other Luggage Carousels"

  1. Yes, that’s happened to me numerous times. All bags on a random carousel. Also, walk around the carousel in case the bag fell off or someone took it off by accident and just left it standing around. And, this happened to a friend of mine… if your bag is nowhere to be seen, but an identical bag to yours with someone else’s name on it is there, see if that bag has a name tag / details. They may accidentally have taken your bag home and sometimes it’s easier to them directly than letting the airline deal with it…

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