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Old 04-11-2014, 10:49 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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At my Drug Store, there is a tape on the floor, and a sign that says "Please wait behind this line until you are called to the window". Everyone complies, and does as they are told.

Why don't airports put a similar tape on the floor, and a sign asking people to wait behind the line, until they see their baggage on the conveyor? How simple!
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:00 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!
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:01 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Because many people have to get up close and actually quickly look at luggage tag as so much luggage looks exactly the same.

I tie colored ribbons on mine so I can pick mine out against a sea of black luggage
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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Actually many places have a keep behind line at their baggage carousels. However it does not do any good as most people simply choose to ignore it.

Many years ago I worked for a company that handled a charter passenger flight once a week from MSP. For several years the flight would arrive at the domestic terminal. However that was always a problem as the domestic terminal did not have enough space for the scheduled airlines. So the charter was moved over to the international terminal. Since the international terminal was not designed for domestic flights, the airport authorities made a makeshift domestic bag carousel. The bags had to be removed from the carousel before completing a complete circle. This would have not been a problem if there were only 10 or 20 passenger. However this charter always had 360 passengers. It was quite the sight to see 360 people try to squeeze into an area not much bigger than a 2 car garage.
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:41 AM
 
Location: Airports all over the world
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I tie colored ribbons on mine so I can pick mine out against a sea of black luggage
Years ago when I worked in an airline baggage room the black soft side suitcase was just becoming common. Every now and then we would get a passenger with an attitude checking in. Once a rather rude passenger made a point to point out they had tied several ribbons of different colors to their bags so that they could find their bags faster. It just so happened we had ribbons in every color the passenger had used. We put the exact same combination of colored ribbons on every black soft side bag that was checked in. I would have loved to see the passenger's face when the bags came out on the carousel.
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Old 04-11-2014, 11:55 AM
 
Location: Savannah GA/Lk Hopatcong NJ
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Years ago when I worked in an airline baggage room the black soft side suitcase was just becoming common. Every now and then we would get a passenger with an attitude checking in. Once a rather rude passenger made a point to point out they had tied several ribbons of different colors to their bags so that they could find their bags faster. It just so happened we had ribbons in every color the passenger had used. We put the exact same combination of colored ribbons on every black soft side bag that was checked in. I would have loved to see the passenger's face when the bags came out on the carousel.
I only use one color ribbon, and a ribbon that's unique so I know it's mine. Some people go into panic mode if they see someone else touching their luggage if only to double check the luggage tag to make sure it's theirs.
I never bring it to the baggage handlers attention,,why would he/she even care...lol
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Old 04-11-2014, 12:03 PM
 
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The etiquette for baggage carousels varies with the culture of the individuals waiting to get their baggage. Signs don't do much good unless you have them in many different languages or broadcast them in the same.

See your bag? Reach in, grab it and get out of the way.
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Old 04-11-2014, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Olathe, KS
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It's especially difficult if you have a young child with you who insists on trying to be helpful and of course merely crowds the way, especially when they really aren't able to get the bags off the cart. I think a more productive sign would be warning for all children under age 13 or something to keep back.
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Old 04-11-2014, 12:16 PM
 
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Why don't airports put a similar tape on the floor, and a sign asking people to wait behind the line, until they see their baggage on the conveyor? How simple!
When you've got a few hundred folks milling around (especially since some airports will overlap flights using a given carousel), no one can see a tape line on the floor or a little sign. It would really be fighting a losing battle.
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Old 04-11-2014, 01:08 PM
 
Location: Orlando, FL
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I don't see it as an issue. Most people utilize common sense and spread out enough to where no one is blocked out from having easy access to checking/picking up their luggage.

Thankfully, my pieces of luggage are very unique looking but I always see bags on any flight that look similar.

Some international airports have employees just grab every single bag off the carousel, line up all the bags for folks to easily grab them and get on their way to customs. But I can see where that may encourage stealing.

The only pet peeve I have is when you have a kid, or a weak elderly person, having trouble lifting their bag off the carousel and no one wants to help them.
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