For those traveling home for the holidays this weekend, the airports are bound to be a nightmare thanks to the crowds, and things don’t always get better once you land at your intended destination. For those with checked luggage, the wait for your bag to come through baggage claim can sometimes be unbearable, but there is a way to make sure you’re not stuck waiting there until the very end.
Former baggage handler Thomas Lo Sciuto says there’s a pretty simple way to insure your luggage is the first one off the plane, and it hinges on when you check into your flight. “Your best option is to be one of the last passengers to check your bags,” he says. “Bags will always be loaded front to back on the bag carts 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.”
Of course, these days thanks to security, waiting until the last minute to check your luggage isn’t always smart so Lo Sciuto does have another suggestion that may work. He suggests checking your bag at the gate so it will be the last on the plane, although if you do it that way you won’t be able to bring any big quantities liquids with you since you’ll have to take it through TSA security.
- Another possible tip, according to "Travel & Leisure" you can ask the agent to put a fragile sticker over your bag, since these items are often loaded last do to their delicate nature.
Source: The Daily Mail