Top 10 Baggage Tips for Airline Passengers
The following advice should help you avoid many of the common problems that passengers have with carry-on or checked luggage.
- Travel with only carry-on luggage
By using only carry-on luggage, you do not risk having checked luggage lost or stolen. Also, review AirSafe.com's information for general baggage resources for general limits on carry-on luggage, and also the page with tips and advice for carry on baggage.
- Do not put heavy items in the overhead storage bins
While the weight limit for carry-on items is generally about 40 lbs. (18.2 kg.), even a much lighter bag may cause severe injury if it falls out of the bin. For more information, refer to the AirSafe Journal article discussing head injury risks from overhead luggage.
- Put your contact information inside and outside every bag
In addition to this information, you should also put a copy of your itinerary inside every bag to make it easier for the airline to reunite you if you are separated from your luggage. Do this with your carry-on bag in case you are forced to check that bag at the last minute. For personal security reasons, you may want to use an address other than your home address.
- Customize the look of your bag to make it easy to identify
Many bags on a flight may have a similar design, so customize the bag to make it easy to spot on a baggage carousel. This will keep other passengers from picking it up by mistake.
- Keep valuable items with you
Money, laptop computers, electronic files, and other items of high value or importance should be kept in a carry-on bag, preferably one that is small enough to stow under a seat. The airline may insist on checking larger carry-on bags if the overhead bins become filled.
- Make sure that the airline tag on your checked luggage is for the correct destination
Every piece of checked luggage should have a three-letter airport identifier that matches your destination airport. If you are unsure of the code, ask the ticket agent or skycap.
- Make sure that you keep the stub from your checked luggage
This stub is a critical document that will be needed if your luggage is lost by the airline or if you are trying to prove that you own a piece of luggage.
- Immediately report the loss of checked luggage
If your checked bag does not arrive at your destination, immediately report this problem to the baggage agent on duty or to any other available representative from your airline.
- Prepare to deal with a lost bag
Pack key items in your carryon bag like extra underwear or essential items for a business meeting so you can continue your trip if your checked bags are lost or delayed.
- Don't pack hazardous goods
There are quite a number of items or materials, some of them not so obvious, that may pose a risk if taken on an aircraft. Visit AirSafe.com for its list of items restricted or banned from airline aircraft for more details.
Other Baggage Resources
Things you Should Not Bring on Board
Carry-on Baggage Advice
How to protect your laptop when you fly
Common airline baggage fees
Top 10 baggage fee tips
Top 10 Baggage Tips
Cabin Safety Tips
How to File a Complaint
Overhead Baggage Risks
Things You Should Not Bring on Board
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http://airsafe.com/issues/baggage/bag_tips.htm -- Revised 14 April 2012