Disapperaring bags in conveyor belt at airport?
July 27, 2008 7:35am CST
I had been traveling on a domestic flight last month. At the destination i was waiting for my baggage on the conveyor belt and could not found it for an hour or so. I thought someone have taken away my bags. I lost it. DO you think the conveyor belt is a safe way to get your baggage? Has this ever happened to you?
28 Jul 08
No, this had not happened to me before. However, it had happened to two of my colleagues. Basically, our company had a retreat to Bangkok, Thailand this year. The 200+ of us passed with no problems with our luggages, but one of our unlucky colleagues could not find his luggage. His luggage was gone! Luckily for him, he had only all his clothes inside that luggage. Another colleague had her luggage lock pried open, and she lost SGD $1000, which was a very big loss (it's about a month's salary gone just like that!) Luckily for him, the stuff in Thailand was very cheap, and he soon replaced what he had lost. However, for the other colleague, the money that was stolen from her luggage was not found. What happened in the end was that upon touching down back in Singapore, we found out that his luggage was not even loaded in the airplane and thus, was all the while in Singapore for the past 1 week that we were in Thailand! Thank goodness this had not happened on my sie. I don't think that the conveyor belt is a safe way to get our baggage. Why? This is because the bags are all out in the open and anybody can just take your luggage, whether by mistake or intentionally. There is no verification to be done, nothing to prove that the luggage one took belongs to him/her. What the airports should do to improve on this is luggage claim, whereby each luggage is tagged and we exchange our tags for our luggage. In this way, we are assured that our luggage is on safe hands and could never be taken away by someone else. What do you think?
• United States
27 Jul 08
I had something similar happen to me. The family was returning from a vacation and we had several bags. I did check the tag numbers (from Memory) to make sure I had the correct bags. When we got home we had one too many bags. When I check the tags I noticed that I had gotten the numbers reversed and it was the wrong bag. I called the Airline and reported it right away. I was going close to the airport (we live 90 miles away) in two days, so I said I would return it. Since then I have gotten distinctive luggage tags and always check for my name. Good Luck getting your bag back.
• United Kingdom
27 Jul 08
I am sorry to hear that you lost your baggage. It must have been very upsetting to wait at the conveyor belt and not get your bags. If this happened to me I would speak to my airline about this matter. I would claim on my travel insurance if my baggage did not turn up. Luckily I haven't yet had that experience. However my friend flew to Spain and only got her suitcase a few days before the end of her holiday. Good luck on future trips.
28 Jul 08
This happened to one of my friend recently and it took him 3 hours to get his lost suitcase. He had to ask the airport authority and to contact the insurance people before they allowed him for taking any action. If they cannot handle these issues, then what are they running the service for? This is just a bad thing about a few flight companies.