How to get your bags first

You’ve landed and can’t wait to get home, but you need to collect your luggage from the baggage claim carousel.

Only that takes forever. It always seems that your bags come out last. What is it they say? A watched baggage carousel never boils. Or am I mixing metaphors?

Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a way to have your bags come out first, or at least in the first few? Well, here’s a sneaky tip that may ensure your luggage leads the pack.

When you arrive at your departure point, pick up a ‘fragile’ sticker from the baggage enquiries desk, then simply stick it on your suitcase or bag.

Apparently, bags that are marked fragile are placed on top of the pile in the aircraft and, therefore, come off first and are immediately ferried to the carousel.

And it doesn’t hurt that the staff handling your bags will (in theory) take extra care of your possessions in transit.

If that doesn’t work, another tip for getting your bags first is to check in last.

Do you have any tips for beating baggage blues?

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Written by Leon Della Bosca

Leon Della Bosca has worked in publishing and media in one form or another for around 25 years. He's a voracious reader, word spinner and art, writing, design, painting, drawing, travel and photography enthusiast. You'll often find him roaming through galleries or exploring the streets of his beloved Melbourne and surrounding suburbs, sketchpad or notebook in hand, smiling.


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