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Old 04-11-2014, 02:40 PM
Location: Colorado
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I stand back about 30 feet and wait until after I see it come out and then go up and grab it, on the next go-around if needed. I've never understood all those people standing right on the edge like dogs waiting for frisbees. I don't see it as rude, just simple minded. If ID'ing it is the issue just put a bright red ribbon or some other chotchkie on the handle to make it stand out from afar.
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:51 PM
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Rude, pushy people will be rude and pushy no matter how many tape lines you put on the floor. People in a rush will still be in a rush. Etc. etc.

Things usually work out without much pushing and shoving I would assume. I haven't picked up luggage from an airport in a while.
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Old 04-11-2014, 02:57 PM
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I don't understand why a whole family has to stand at the carousel , one person would be enough. And keep the @#%*&@# kids AWAY from it completely !!
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Old 04-12-2014, 12:18 AM
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Doesn't everyone politely keep a distance from the airplane baggage carousel without a need for yellow tape because of safety issues? I stand back, but jump forward when I see my bag on the chute, and then get out of the way. Is that bad etiquette? Should the people towards the back wait until everyone in front has their bags ... watching their bag go round and round until their turn comes up, meanwhile the carousel so overloaded that bags are tipping over?
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Old 04-12-2014, 06:21 AM
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Originally Posted by njkate View Post
Because many people have to get up close and actually quickly look at luggage tag as so much luggage looks exactly the same.
This is quite true. But even if you have unique looking baggage if you don't have the best eyesight you need to stand closer to the carousel to see when it comes.
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Old 04-12-2014, 09:37 AM
Location: Up North in God's Country
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I don't know why they give you those luggage tags, but nobody checks the numbers to see if they match. The only airport where I've ever been that did that was in New Orleans several years ago.

I don't usually have a problem getting my luggage. I tie something colorful to my handle so that I know it is mine. Usually, if you just point out your luggage and say, "That one is mine," someone will grab it for you. I find people pretty helpful in the luggage areas. They are usually so grateful to be done with their trip finally!
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Old 04-15-2014, 08:21 PM
Location: Idaho
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Back in the day when you could not leave a terminal until the doorman/woman matched the luggage tag with your stub, it wasn't as big of an issue. Now? Anybody can grab a suitcase and walk out of the terminal. Sometimes I carry expensive "stuff" in my bags and I don't want anyone walking off with it. I'll stand back a bit, but keep an eagle eye on the chute that drops the bags onto the carousel. Then, when I see my bag, (which are always easily identified), I'll edge up to an open spot while watching the bag and then pull it off.

I miss the days when people respected property not their own and didn't mess with it.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:24 PM
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My whole bag is very distinct but I've had someone take my luggage and try to walk off before. So, typically I stand at the end of the carousel but within eyeshot of the bags coming out. It's less crowded there and I can watch my bag so no one else mistakes it for theirs.
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Old 04-15-2014, 10:42 PM
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I had a thought the last time I waited for the luggage. It was the typical crowd: large international flight, hundreds of people waiting, hundreds of black luggage.

Since everything has a bar code and number these days, why not have a screen at the carousel and when a suitcase is loaded onto the carousel, a scanner automatically picks up the bar code on the luggage label and relays it to the screen. When you see your name/number announced on the screen, then you know your baggage is on the carousel and you go get it. You could probably even have it done in a way so you get a text message to your phone when the baggage goes through the scanner.

That way we can help reduce the crowd at the carousel as more people would wait in the sitting areas till their number is called.
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Old 04-16-2014, 06:38 AM
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I think it would slow things down horribly for handlers to have to scan every tag.
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