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Baggage handler shares surprising tip for couples to avoid losing luggage

However, there are some things travellers can do themselves to avoid their bags disappearing.

A baggage handler has revealed that couples and groups can ensure their bags stay together by following this surprising, yet fairly simple, piece of advice.

The baggage handler shared the information in a Reddit forum.

“Get the same bag, same colour same everything, if you’re lucky they will stay together and come off the truck together,” explained the airport worker.

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“Actually fill out the name and address form that is attached or built-in,” advised the baggage handler.

“If your luggage is for whatever reason misplaced, if we have no contact number to phone, we won’t be able to contact our superiors to say ‘Mr. Smith’s bag tags have come off, which flight/train was he on so we can reprint them.’

“We don’t want to go through your belongings looking for a name, so make sure it’s on there!!”

Similarly, old tags from previous flights should also be removed.

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If not, they could be incorrectly read by automatic scanners on the baggage belt and accidentally rerouted to an unexpected destination.

“Remove old tags, if you have a bag tag from two years ago, as well as a load of other ones, it takes us infinitely longer to find the right date, for where it’s supposed to be going,” explained the baggage handler.

“God forbid we actually misinterpret it and send it to the wrong place, this almost always happens because the tags are confusing and we only have an hour to sort 800 bags going to three places.”

Though lost luggage is an unfortunate circumstance some travellers come head to head with, it is one that is apparently declining.

In 2018 around 24.8 million bags were lost or delayed according to the latest baggage mishandling report from SITA.

However, they insist that this figure is down compared with 10 years ago.

Its latest baggage mishandling report states: “Since 2007, passenger numbers have soared 76 percent to reach 4.36 billion in 2018.

“Despite the increased strain this places on existing air transport infrastructure, baggage mishandling has been significantly reduced, thanks to investments in smart technology, automation and new processes.”

Source:Daily Express :: Travel Feed

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