We keep hearing about how airport terminal baggage handling sucks, losing luggage. Perhaps they will invest in some technology to upgrade the way they sort and move items. Of course it also has to be considered that these systems handle hundred of thousands of bags, each to a different airline or arrival belt. And sometimes it is even more annoying to find your luggage, but not intact! Consolation perhaps that not all is lost…
We had our fair share of damaged luggage.
In Egypt our luggage was apparently opened. It was hastily closed and locked. But the lock became stuck. We had to haul our luggage to the concierge and ask for help. It came in the form of a large plier and duct tape. Lots of duct tape.
And when we came home from Holland one time, the wheels and side of the case was cracked! It was a Samsonite for crying out loud. Don’t they have advertisements showing how the luggage falls off a cliff, roll across stony landscape and still look new? As if the biblical namesake cannot withstand the way the luggage is handled…ugh
Can you imagine if it was a LV suitcase?
Ok, not ours though. Sometimes these videos (here, here and here just to name a few) showing how the baggage handlers move or “move things” in your bags make you less inclined to check in anything more than a little fragile. And by the way if you think they handle it any better if you plaster “fragile” on your luggage, think again. Perhaps as consolation, the hardshelled suitcases still hold your stuff intact. Compared those soft shelled ones with zips on the side, we fear for its content.
Today we are dis-inclined to use non hard shelled suitcases. Particularly not the ones with the zips. So easy to open and close, you’d never know if something was taken or inserted! And the material used looks like it can easily be ripped up with rough handling. Sure the TSA or any custom agent can easily open your luggage if they so wish. But you see, perhaps having a false sense of security is better than none!
What kind of luggage will you use?