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Old 04-16-2014, 07:18 AM
 
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I don't really mind the carousel. Everyone crowds where the bags come out...so I stand back further from the crowd, as I don't need to save 30 seconds by standing with the mass of people. If you get away from that bag drop area, it is quite civilized with lots of elbow room!
Hmmm. I use the Lisbon airport quite a bit. People enter the baggage area by walking down a very wide aisle that runs between the two rows of carousels and leads to the exit. The bags come up onto the carousel from the end that is against the wall, at the far end away from the aisle.

I have found that only a small number of people walk down to the end where the bags are ejected, most crowd around the far end and the sides right by the aisle.

This always puzzles me, especially when those of us who do go down there are calmly walking away with our luggage while those at the other end are pushing and shoving in a crowd to clutch wildly at their luggage passing by, or chasing after it. Makes no sense to me.
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:44 AM
 
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It wouldn't be hand scanned. A scanning machine (like the security screening machine) would do the job. All the baggers would have to do is to load the bags on the carousel and the bags would go through the scanning machine. Given the technology we have these days the machine itself would just be a thin rim across the carousel that automatically picks up the bar codes on the luggage labels.

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I think it would slow things down horribly for handlers to have to scan every tag.
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Old 04-16-2014, 08:46 AM
 
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It wouldn't be hand scanned. A scanning machine (like the security screening machine) would do the job. All the baggers would have to do is to load the bags on the carousel and the bags would go through the scanning machine. Given the technology we have these days the machine itself would just be a thin rim across the carousel that automatically picks up the bar codes on the luggage labels.
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Old 04-16-2014, 11:24 AM
 
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Sounds like a first world problem to me.
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ > Raleigh, NC
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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.
No doubt this would cause some kind a lawsuit when some bright attorney thought to themselves, "This precludes my right to privacy that I was on that flight."

Guarantee you, if they start putting up personal names on a public screen, it's gonna happen.
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Old 04-16-2014, 12:09 PM
 
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They all ready do, for Upgrades and Wait list @ the gate on many Airlines,
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Old 04-16-2014, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Niceville, FL
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Sounds like a first world problem to me.
If you're wealthy enough to fly in the developing world, the baggage zoo is far, far worse.
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Old 04-17-2014, 05:51 AM
 
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Sounds like a first world problem to me.
Yep--and I'm ever so glad that we are in a 1st world country and our problems are minor
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:54 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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It's interesting how many people on here say they 'politely stand back' until their bag comes out, and yet how few people I actually saw doing that at the airport yesterday. I guess all the polite people come to CDF and comment about it. My new approach is to get off the plane last, use the restroom, leisurely walk to the carousel and grab my bag about the time everyone else has just moved on. Very relaxing and hardly any more time used.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:05 AM
 
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My new approach is to get off the plane last, use the restroom, leisurely walk to the carousel and grab my bag about the time everyone else has just moved on. Very relaxing and hardly any more time used.
Must be a loooooong bathroom stop. Most of the time I get the carousel (certainly not rushing, and often stopping in the restroom along the way), and have to wait a ridiculously long amount of time before the first bag even shows up.

But as someone else mentioned upthread, I like to be there to spot my bag as it appears and make sure that no one accidentally/mistakenly walks off with it. If I wait until everyone has cleared out, there are no guarantees that my bag will still be circling.
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