Why You Should Never Tie a Ribbon to Your Suitcase

Written by Camilla Jessen

Jun.06 - 2024 8:05 PM CET

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Why tying a ribbon to your suitcase might cause unexpected problems at the airport.

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Many travelers worry about losing their luggage while traveling and resort to tricks to make their suitcases easier to identify. One popular method is to attach a ribbon to the suitcase.

But according to an article on Nine, this approach can do more harm than good.

A baggage handler at Dublin Airport warned that ribbons on suitcases can cause problems when being scanned in the baggage area.

If a suitcase cannot be scanned automatically, it must be processed manually, which can cause delays and result in the baggage missing the flight.

The baggage handler also advises travelers to remove old stickers from their suitcases to avoid confusion during scanning.

A flight attendant with 16 years of experience offers another tip: choose a soft-sided suitcase instead of a hard shell when looking to upgrade. Contrary to popular belief, hard shells can easily be damaged by the pressure of other suitcases when stored on the plane. Soft-sided suitcases, on the other hand, are more durable and less prone to breakage.

It's important for travelers to label their suitcases well to avoid confusion, but they should also ensure their actions do not cause additional problems.

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